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Culture
Culture

Culture is a term for which people often reach if only to describe something hardly more precise than the atmosphere of a neighbourhood or the climate of opinion among a group. At the same time, it is also used to characterise the whole way of life of a people (‘the culture of France’) or even of the religious beliefs of a sixth of the globe (‘the culture of Islam’). As a result, the concept of culture, which in these senses is only about 250 years old, comes close to being vacuous. That is to say, it is hard to determine what particular features of the world it is supposed to pick out for attention. It allows so much in, it becomes awash with meanings.

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