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Unformatted text preview: imitation – a simple version of human culture Preschoolers’ cultures are not symbolic, but we grant them human qualities because we know the children will turn out to be human adults They may use meat or grooming as a primitive form of currency-Why don’t other big primates use tools? o You must have the anatomical prerequisites to develop o There is also a strong probability of chance Once innovations are made, they may last a very long time without being either extinguished or improbed upon-The word culture was invented for humans and this has blinded cultural theorists to a more expansive appreciation of the concept o Whether or not apes have culture is not the issue It’s whether or not people who study cultures will accept a more expansive definition • Culture belongs to whoever defines it...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2009 for the course ANTH 200Lg taught by Professor Yamashita during the Fall '07 term at USC.
- Fall '07