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Unformatted text preview: 4. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT Relevant features only At the bottom of the cake is the environment, specifically those aspects of the natural environment that are relevant to a given culture's way of life Interacting directly w/ environment are "subsistence, technology, economic arrangements" -- what Marvin Harris has termed technoeconomic factors Culture core = "such social, political, and religious patterns as are empirically determined to be . .. most closely related to subsistence activities and economic arrangements" (Steward 1955: 37) Finally, there are "innumerable other cultural features" that Steward says have "great potential variability because they are less strongly tied to the core" and "are determined to a greater extent by purely cultural-historical factors -- by random innovations or diffusion" (ibid.)...
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