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Comparative pol - incorrect assumptions made by people who do believe that culture is a variable First people may get the incorrect impression that

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Kevin Heater 3-24 95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method. Just as Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses on the Power of Indulgences in protest to the church’s sale of indulgences, political scientist Anne Norton has written 95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method to help further analyze the nature of politics. Among her theses the one I find most cogent is her second thesis that culture is not a variable. Her argument is not a especially controversial one, but I could understand it needing to be addressed because of the assumption we make about society. Her second thesis is in regards to the fact that you can not reduce culture or institutions to a variable, and that it is not differences in institutions to explain culture, but rather, differences in culture that explain institutions. She goes on to explain the
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Unformatted text preview: incorrect assumptions made by people who do believe that culture is a variable. First people may get the incorrect impression that culture is monolithic. In this regard people would believe that everyone from Holland has the exact same culture which is obviously incorrect, differences in their culture from North Holland to South Holland are probably as distinct as the differences from Maine to Alabama. People may also believe that states are distinct in the regard that there is no relation between one state to any other. This is also false especially with modern travel and trade. Anne Norton’s 95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method did not really make any groundbreaking claims in my opinion, but rather shed some light on common misconceptions just as Martin Luther’s theses had done years before....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POLISCI 790:103 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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