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B&S 24 - B&S Chapter 24 Culture in World Affairs...

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29/09/2007 17:27:00 Introduction: Culture in Human Affairs Introduction o Culture transcends ideology, and is about the substance of identity for  individuals in a society. o The blocks of culture include an awareness of a common language,  ethnicity, history, religion and landscape. religious affiliation has been amongst the most powerful  influences. o There are cultural “totems”, including the images, meanings, norms,  values stories and practices that seem particularly significant in  determining what political or social life looks like. Culture writ large: the civilization o The broadest construction of cultural identity is the civilization. Civilization: a descriptive term to categorize the broadest groups  of people that were able to identify with a sufficiently coherent  set of aesthetic, philosophic, historic, and social traditions. Some of today’s civilizations include the Western, Islamic,  Indian and Chinese. The significance of cultures today o After the Cold War, a new deterritorialized geopolitical order- the  hegemony of transnational Liberalism- emerged. involved much of the world being brought into the world market 
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B&S 24 - B&S Chapter 24 Culture in World Affairs...

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