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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


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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