Thomas Theorem says definition of situation is somehow turned into behavior “Norms” tell actors how the culture feels a particular situation should be turned into behavior. That is, norms tell the actor what he/she/they/it should do in this situation.
The symbolic dimension of culture is the system of meanings a group has for interpreting and making sense of the world around them and for communicating meaning
Most important element: language
Others: body language (non-verbal communication), cultural icons, collective memories
Let us look at how culture also affects our attitudes, prejudice and crowd behavior.
Nicky Hayes writing in Foundations in Psychology states, “It is clear that the culture of a society has considerable influence on individual people’s prejudices. If one group of a society has privileges and the others does not, those who have them may feel defensive, while those who do not will feel frustrated and envious.”