Generic Meaning in a Sociology Text

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1 Cultural symbols also change over time.
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2 Blue jeans were created more than a century ago as sturdy and inexpensive clothing for people engaged in physical labor.
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3 In the liberal political climate of the 1960s, this working-class aura
made jeans popular among affluent students - many of whom wore them to look
"different" or sometimes to identify with working people.
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4 A decade later, "designer jeans" emerged as fashionable "status symbols," signifying big clothing budgets, the opposite of their working-class roots.
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5 Sociologists define culture as the beliefs, values, behavior, and material objects that define a people's way of life.
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6 Culture includes what we think, how we act, and what we own.
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7 Chemists tell us that only ninety-two elements occur naturally on he earth, but sociologists know that the world is home to countless variations of human culture.
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8 Our own culture leads us to sleep in houses of wood or brick, but people of other cultures live in huts fashioned from brush, igloos of ice, or teepees made of animal skins.
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9 Culture also shapes our personalities.
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10 The cultures of the United States and Japan both stress achievement and hard work.
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11 Human culture, then, was a long time in the making.
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12 As culture became a strategy for survival, our ancestors descended from the trees into the tall grasses of central Africa.
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