what is culture

what is culture - Culture What is culture? ANTH 205 Culture...

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1 Culture ANTH 205 What is culture? • Mental: what people think “worldview” • Behavioral: what people do –P rac t ices • Material: what people produce Culture has 3 components “Culture…is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society” (Edward Tylor, 1871) • A system of socially transmitted information (Barkow 1989) • The transmission from one generation to the next via teaching and imitation the knowledge, values and other factors that
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2 How can we recognize culture? Cultural Features 1. Culture is Learned • Culture is learned, not biologically inherited • Partly extrasomatic • Use of arbitrary symbols • Emergent properties at the group level – Independent of the individual • Involves historical process – cumulative 5 Features of Culture Enculturation - the process by which an individual learns his or her culture • Culture is transmitted both directly and through observation • Types of learning:
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ANTH 205 taught by Professor Alvard during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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