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  • The aspects of the social and cultural situation that must be considered to interpret or understand a phenomenon. Any idea, text, information, object, person, place, or experience requires an examination of the cultural group that creates or uses it, the surroundings in which it occurs, its history and connection to traditions, its utility, and its symbolism. This approach is grounded in the idea that meaning is not inherent in any entity but is created through the interaction of that entity with its use. So, for example, a Beatles song played at a concert full of screaming girls in the 1960s has a different range of possible meanings than the same song played as elevator background music in the 21st century. The context limits the meanings ...

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