Discussion Questions

  1. How would you describe U.S. culture? Identify the food, music, customs, practices, languages, and more that create a relatively stable set of cultural patterns that most people living in the United States adhere to.

  2. Why might sociologists prefer taking a culturally relative approach to understanding culture, as opposed to an ethnocentric view? How might the latter be harmful to exploring a social phenomenon sociologically?

  3. What are the norms for going on a date? Explain the basic social script that is often followed by a person seeking to connect with an intimate partner. What core U.S. values can be seen in this practice?