This lesson will seek to explain the difference between society and culture. In doing so, it will also highlight the concept of norms and what role they play in both society and culture.
When studying anthropology, it’s pretty rare to make it through a lesson without hearing the word culture or society. In fact, they’re so commonly used that most people tend to think they mean the same thing. However, when it comes to using them in official anthropological terms, this is not quite true.
In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at these two words and try to nail down their proper use. As we do this, I must admit it’s gonna seem like we’re sort of splitting hairs when it comes to the differences. However, just in case you’re ever stuck sitting at a table with an anthropologist, today’s lesson will come in handy!