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Culture

The term culture covers a wide spectrum of meanings, from physical elements in a society such as buildings and architecture to abstract and metaphorical elements such as myths, values, attitudes, and ideas about spirituality. The concept of culture is so indeterminate that it can easily be filled in with whatever preconceptions a theorist brings to it. For example, culture has been defined as knowledge, beliefs, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits that are acquired by individuals as members of society. Related terms such as subculture, popular culture, counterculture, high culture, ethnic culture, organizational culture, mass culture, political culture, feminist culture, and deaf culture indicate the complexity, dynamism, and evolving nature of the concept of culture within the disciplines of social scientific ...

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