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Defining Culture and Civilization Ayele Bekerie Lecture Notes 01-26-07
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Defining Culture Culture: A collective representation of learned, socially transmitted heritage of attitudes, identities, beliefs, values, customs, patterns, and practices which consummate one’s way of life or standards of living. Culture may also be defined as a total way of life of a people. ‘It is also defined as a process, a state of flux that includes shared practices, traditions, values, morals, religions, music, songs, dances, languages, crafts and other art forms shared by a group of individuals that is kept alive as it is passed down from generation to generation.’ Culture is a major human attribute. It is a common thread that connects people to their homeland.
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Defining Culture Contd. Popular culture contains experiences, pleasures, memories and traditions of the people. According to Stuart Hall, ‘the everyday practices and experiences of ordinary folks contain their local hopes, aspirations, tragedies and other scenarios. To Robert Farris Thompson, cultures include
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course AS&RC 205 taught by Professor Bekerie, a during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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