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Running head: SOCIOLOGY
A major difference between material and non-material cultures in terms of sources is
that material culture is derived from the studies of archaeologists that involve excavation of
ancient artifacts while non-material culture is derived from our state of mind. In a clearer
manner, the material view of culture is composed of the physical such as houses, raw
materials, foodstuffs, and technologies whereas the non-material culture is made up of
beliefs, philosophy, customs, patterns, and government.
Further, these cultures differ in the sense that culture is applied in different contexts
and thus describes the meaning of an object/ material culture. For example, rings as artifacts
are exchanged in weddings within a society and therefore can be valued differently whereas
non-material culture is difficult to categorize and place value on. Since culture as a behavior
is socially transmitted and learned in any society, it is easy to conduct an exchange of
material cultures than non-material culture (Van et al, 2013). For example, objects such as
wealth are easy to exchange compared to values and beliefs of a certain society.
In addition, material culture can easily disappear or get exhausted into the culture
universals while non-material culture proves to maintain its existence within a society. This is
with regard to the fact that regardless of the location of people, there are universal traits that
are common among them. Considering the continuous excavation of artifacts (material
culture) by archaeologists, the beliefs and values (non-material culture) of people are
changing from day to day. Perhaps, th...