Culture and the Christian

Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009

Culture is one of those pesky, paradoxical concepts that everyone knows what it means as long as they don't have to define it. Once the task commences, what appeared apparent suddenly becomes elusive. Culture is a difficult word to define because it is multi-vocal. It labels many divergent phenomena and suggests relationships among seemingly unrelated items. We know intuitively what culture is, live within its bounds every moment, yet never see clearly the morphing reality the word identifies. Anthropologists, whose primary field is culture, continue to wrestle with the concept. Already in 1952, anthropologists Kroeber and Kluckhohn <...

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