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ANT2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Prof. Sawyer 1/09/07 1 CULTURE= CORE CONCEPT DEFINING CULTURE Early definition: *Edward B. Tylor (1871): “Culture. .. taken in its wide ethnographic sense is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society” DEFINING CULTURE Provisional Definition: * Culture = socially acquired life-ways of a group of people transmitted from generation to generation. = patterned ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are characteristic of the members of a particular society or segment of society. 1. 2. 3. 4. culture is symbolic. *Leslie White (1971): “It is impossible for a dog, horse, or even an ape, to have any understanding of the meaning of the sign-of-the- cross to Christians, or of the fact that black (or white among the Chinese) is the color of mourning. No chimpanzee or laboratory rat can appreciate the difference between Holy water and distilled water, or grasp the meaning of Tuesday, the number 3, or what sin is” (23-24).
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This note was uploaded on 08/21/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2 taught by Professor Sawyer during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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