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Unformatted text preview: 1 Lecture 5 outline 09/08/11 Culture Change A culture is a system of values and behavior that respond to environmental constraints so as to ensure survival of its community. As such, culture is constantly adaptive to the changing dynamics of its natural and social settings. Mechanisms of culture change: Diffusion: direct, indirect, or forced borrowing of traits between cultures. Acculturation: adoption of foreign cultural traits when two or more cultures come into direct contact with each other. Independent invention: similar adaptive response to similar environmental constraints by different communities in different locations. Globalization Globalization refers to the on-going process in which distinct cultures are increasingly interlinked and mutually dependent. As a result of this process, traditional boundaries that demarcate national communities began to blur or disappear. Particularly in the field of material production, exchange, and 2 consumption, the whole world is gradually integrated...
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ANT 2410 taught by Professor Peon during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.
- Fall '08
- Cultural Anthropology