Lecture 02 What is culture

Lecture 02 What is culture - Lecture 2 outline 08/30/11...

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Lecture 2 outline 08/30/11 What is culture? “Culture … is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.” (p.1, Primitive Culture , 1871) ----- Edward B. Tylor Culture is shared traditions and customs that govern behavior and beliefs. Culture is transmitted from generation to generation through learning. Cultural learning is realized through the human capacity to use symbol. A symbol is something that arbitrarily and conventionally stands for something else. Culture is distinctly human. All people are cultured. Culture is not equal to formal education.
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Culture and the individual Culture exists among its members, the individual human beings. In other words, individual human beings over time constitute the carrier of culture. Although members of a culture are constrained to a certain extent by its rules, not all of them at all times conform to the rules blindly. More than
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Lecture 02 What is culture - Lecture 2 outline 08/30/11...

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