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Unformatted text preview: Sid Goyal 3/28/08 Anthro 101 Chivens GSI: Jesse Worker Paper 2: Culture Sketches “‘Over a century ago, in his book Primitive Culture , the British anthropologist Sir Edward Tylor proposed that culture – systems of human behavior and thought – obey natural laws and therefore can be studied scientifically. Tylor’s definition of culture still offers an overview of the subject matter on anthropology and is widely quoted: “ Culture…is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.”’ This quote stated on page 279 in Conrad Kottak’s book Anthropology: The Exploration of Human Diversity is the primary answer to his question: what is culture? He emphasizes that the crucial idea behind culture is enculturation. This is because emphasis placed by Tylor on culture highlights that the only way to gain attributes specific to a culture is through the development in a particular society in which they are exposed to this specific tradition, and therefore not through biological inheritance (279). tradition, and therefore not through biological inheritance (279)....
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