Over the last 20 years culture has become a key concept in intellectual disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. However, it is a notoriously difficult concept to pin down, having very different meanings in different contexts. This book seeks to chart a route through the maze, revealing the variety of meanings of culture. It demonstrates that culture is not something that emerges from out of human activity, but rather is part and parcel of it. This book looks at how culture emerges and manifests itself in human life, and how it is experienced in the life of individuals and collectivities. It also explores the ways in which globalizing processes and changes in technology are affecting cultural identity, and w
Chapter 1: The Manifestation of Culture in Human Life
The Manifestation of Culture in Human Life
Human beings, in being born, are – uniquely among living creatures – cast into a world of culture. Other animals are born into a physical universe in which survival is the primary concern. They need to learn no more than how to subsist in an unknown – and at times hostile – environment. The legacy of previous generations does not weigh upon them: each new generation is born anew, free of any burden of the past, and adapts iself to whatever circumstances it finds confronting it. For the human child it is very different. Survival in a physical world is likely to be the least of its worries, which will mostly be ...