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Common Culture or Uncommon Cultures?
Common culture or uncommon cultures?

To refer to a ‘common culture’ immediately raises problems of interpretation. The word ‘common’ means something shared, but it also has the further meaning of something low, vulgar and unrefined. In this second sense the term can be related to the Latin vulgus: the common people (R. Williams, 1976: 61). We could therefore shorten the title of this chapter to ‘common culture?’ and play off the two meanings of the term ‘common’: a culture which is or should be shared and integrative, and a culture which is low, vulgar and unrefined, and apparently in need of some direction and guidance to make it elevated and refined. The term ‘culture’ is, of course, even more problematic and ...

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