Lecture+3 - Lecture 3: What is Culture? Human cultures are...

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Lecture 3: What is Culture? Human cultures are dependent on (1) symbolic communication (2) learning (3) the ability to live in groups All three qualities are rooted in human biology, yet biology alone cannot explain how human cultures function, interact, and change over time. What are the distinctive features of culture? It is learned . (examples: the ethnographer’s daughter learns (all over again) about gender segregation, how to eat, and how to be modest) It is shared (and contested). (examples: the problem of “individualism”; the classroom poll [McDonalds, Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Disney World/Land, American Football game, Barbie, Hotwheels, and GI Joe. Prom?]) (But what about: mansaf/maklooba; gahwa sada; Wihdat/Faysali; zaffa/farida; tawjeehi; dawar as-sabi`, dawar ath-thamin. Most of you have no clue what these things refer to! But if you do, odds are good you or your family are from ______________). It is
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Lecture+3 - Lecture 3: What is Culture? Human cultures are...

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