Glossary of Sociology

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Acculturation Secondary socialisation. Learning culture; learning how to operate in society. When we must learn to adapt to a new society or to a changing society. Compare with enculturation. Acculturation. WP

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AAcculturation Secondary socialisation. Learning culture; learning how to operate in society. When we must learn to adapt to a new society or to a changing society. Compare with enculturation. Acculturation. WPAcephalous Headless. A simple society below the band level of complexity, where there are no permanent chiefs. Acephalous. WP.Adaptation Changing in order to survive or cope with changes in the environment. WP.Aesthetics-Values Dimension One of the six dimensions of culture and community. Three axes: good versus bad, beautiful versus ugly, and right versus wrong. To be human is to have values. Aesthetics-Values DimensionAffinity A family relationship based upon marriage or extensions beyond that marriage (brother-in-law, for example). WP.Age A process reflecting the passage of time. People get older, and they gain and lose physical characteristics as a result. While ageing is a physical process, humans add various social attributes to it, so they also gain and lose social roles as they get older. WP.Ageism An attitude like racism and sexism, where people have different physical and biological and physical characteristics, but other persons attribute various social characteristics to them, and behave in often bigoted and prejudicial ways that reflect their attitudes to persons with those age characteristics. WP.Agricultural Revolution A major transformation in the technology of obtaining food. Prior to adopting agriculture, people relied on gathering a

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