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

Culture and the Natural World

Culture and the natural world

Whether man is seeking … to make himself ultimately larger than life or finally to diminish the stature of life itself remains the enigma of self-proportion.

Wilson Harris

We have seen how the child needs to differentiate itself from what surrounds it. As it does so, it confirms itself in time and space and establishes nature as something distinct from culture. To this extent, culture is negatively defined: it is what is not nature. In some ways it could be said that our whole understanding of culture is based upon this fundamental distinction, which is nevertheless perplexing, because we are natural beings, we belong to the realm of nature. But if this is so, then how can this ...

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