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The Meaning of Culture

The Meaning of Culture

Moving the Postmodern Critique Forward

  • Author: Kenneth Allan
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780275961244
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 192
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In review of the major theoretical approaches to culture, Allan argues that the structure of culture has been overemphasized and affect-meaning neglected. This approach to studying culture has as its basis the social construction of meaning and reality and emphasizes micro-level processes and emotion.

The Meaning of Culture

The Meaning of Culture

  • Author: John Cowper Powys
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780571272990
  • Category: Civilization
  • Page: 320
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John Cowper Powys could never be straightforward or orthodox but here he sets off with a useful purpose. ‘The aim of this book,’ he declares, ‘is to narrow down a vague and somewhat evasive conception, which hitherto, like ‘’aristocracy’’ or ‘’liberty’’, has come to imply a number of contradictory and even paradoxical elements, and to give it, not, of course, a purely logical form, but a concrete, particular, recognizable form, malleable and yielding enough and relative enough, but with a definite and quite unambiguous temper, tone, quality, atmosphere, of its own.’ The book is in two parts: Analysis of Culture which deals with, in separate chapters, Philosophy, Literature, Poetry, Painting and Religion: Application of Culture which covers Happiness, Love, Nature, The Art of Reading, Human Relations, Destiny and Obstacles to Culture.John Cowper Powys hoped ‘that the fine word ‘’culture’’ . . . might lend itself to an easy, humane and liberal discussion – a sort of one-man Platonic symposium – and even turn out to contain, among its various implications, no unworthy clue to the narrow path of the wise upon earth.’ He succeeds completely, in his own idiosyncratic way, in achieving that.‘Mr Powys is to be congratulated on having written a book of the kind that most needs writing and most deserves to be read . . . Here in a dozen chapters of glowing and eloquent prose, Mr Powys describes for very reader that citadel which is himself, and explains to him how it may be strengthened and upheld and on what terms it is most worth upholding. . .’ Manchester Guardian

Inverse Images

Inverse Images

The Meaning of Culture, Ethnicity, and Family in Postcolonial Guatemala

  • Author: John Hawkins
  • Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Ethnicity
  • Page: 470
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Meaning in Culture

Meaning in Culture

  • Author: F. Allan Hanson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136540814
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 144
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Meaning in Culture discusses the question of whether 'culture' refers to some superorganic entity that exists in its own right, or is only convenient short-hand for the shared beliefs and behaviour of human individuals. It also investigates the problem of relativism and explores the question of whether anthropology and the other social sciences are really scientific. First published in 1975.

The Meaning of Race

The Meaning of Race

Race, History and Culture in Western Society

  • Author: Kenan Malik
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1349247707
  • Category: Physical anthropology
  • Page: 323
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The Meanings of Social Life

The Meanings of Social Life

A Cultural Sociology

  • Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0195306406
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
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Presents an approach to how culture works in societies. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, this work shows how these unseen cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions.

The Meaning and Process of Culture

The Meaning and Process of Culture

  • Author: Govind Chandra Pande
  • Publisher: Agra : Shiva Lal Agarwala
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Civilization
  • Page: 179
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Whiteness Visible

Whiteness Visible

The Meaning of Whiteness in American Literature and Culture

  • Author: Valerie M. Babb
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 0814713122
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 227
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View the Table of Contents. Read theIntroduction. The second amendment is the most hotly debated and controversial right in the Constitution. In light of the recent surge of school shootings and other gun-related crimes, gun policy has become one of our leading national concerns, affecting politicians, gun manufacturers, sport shooters, and ordinary citizens alike. Showcasing viewpoints from all sides of the gun control debate, Gun Control and Gun Rights, presents the first balanced gun policy textbook for use by undergraduates, graduate students, law students and the general public. This comprehensive anthology includes selections from legal cases, hunting stories, public policy briefs and journalistic accounts. Anyone looking for a fair, even-handed account of the gun issue will find it in this book.

The Tapestry of Culture

The Tapestry of Culture

An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

  • Author: Abraham Rosman,Paula G. Rubel,Maxine Weisgrau
  • Publisher: Rowman Altamira
  • ISBN: 9780759118515
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 440
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The Tapestry of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology provides students and the interested public with a concise picture of the field of cultural anthropology today. From the first edition of Tapestry of Culture published in the early 1980s until now, anthropology has changed greatly, responding to scholarly and political influences as well as changing generations; the ninth edition reflects this ongoing transformation. The influence of postmodernism has generated new debates over theory and practice in anthropology. The content of Tapestry explains these debates, as well as what is still generally accepted and agreed upon by most anthropologists. This edition provides the instructor, student and lay public with the information necessary to enable them to critically read the literature of anthropology, more specifically ethnographic texts which are still the heart of this field. The approach of the book is to accommodate the various points of view in anthropology today. It shows how the concepts, ideas and behavior of other cultures are translated into our culture's terms. Though today many emphasize each culture's uniqueness, the presence of cultural similarities is compelling. Using a comparative approach, The Tapestry of Culture reveals cultural similarities, as well as the cultural differences.

Meaning and Method

Meaning and Method

The Cultural Approach to Sociology

  • Author: Isaac Reed,Jeffrey C. Alexander
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317256220
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 302
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Culture is increasingly important to American social science, but in what way? This book addresses the core issues of the sociology of culture-questions about the social role of meaning, along with those about the methods sociologists use to study culture and society-in a manner that makes clear their relevance to sociology as a whole. Part I consists of essays by leading cultural sociologists on how the turn to culture has changed the sociological study of organizations, economic action, and television, and concludes with Georgina Born's methodological statement on the sociology of art and cultural production. Part II contains a highly original, and at times heated, debate between Richard Biernacki and John H. Evans on the appropriateness of abstract and quantifiable coding schemes for the sociological study of culture. Ranging from the philosophy of science to the concrete, practical problems of interpreting masses of cultural data, the debate raises the controversy over the interpretation of culture and the explanation of social action to a new level of sophistication.

Class, Culture and the Curriculum

Class, Culture and the Curriculum

  • Author: Denis Lawton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136710159
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 12
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It is often argued that education is concerned with the transmission of middle-class values and that this explains the relative educational failure of the working class. Consequently, distinctive culture needs a different kind of education. This volume examines this claim and the wider question of culture in British society. It analyses cultural differences from a social historical viewpoint and considers the views of those applying the sociology of knowledge to educational problems. The author recognizes the pervasive sub-cultural differences in British society but maintains that education should ideally transmit knowledge which is relatively class-free. Curriculum is defined as a selection from the culture of a society and this selection should be appropriate for all children. The proposed solution is a common culture curriculum and the author discusses three schools which are attempting to put the theory of such curriculum into practice. This study is an incisive analysis of the relationships between class, education and culture and also a clear exposition of the issues and pressures in developing a common culture curriculum.

Cultural Tourism

Cultural Tourism

  • Author: Milena Ivanovic
  • Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780702171857
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 340
  • View: 481
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Stressing the interconnectedness of tourism and culture, this valuable handbook explores what tourism industry professionals need to know to succeed. Globalization, landmark attractions, and cultural heritage are among the topics discussed from both international and local perspectives. Each chapter also concludes with a comprehensive series of self-assessment questions and a proposed task that professionals and students can do to enrich their cultural learning experience.

Presidents in Culture

Presidents in Culture

The Meaning of Presidential Communication

  • Author: David Ryfe
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9780820474564
  • Category: History
  • Page: 249
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Whether writing from the perspective of rhetoric or political science, scholars of presidential communication often assume that the ultimate meaning of presidential rhetoric lies in whether it achieves policy success. In this book, David Michael Ryfe argues that although presidential rhetoric has many meanings, one of the most important is how it rhetorically constructs the practice of presidential communication itself. Drawing upon an examination of presidential rhetoric in the twentieth century - from Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt, from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton - Ryfe surveys the shifting meaning of presidential communication. In doing so, he reveals that the so-called public or rhetorical presidency is not one fixed entity, but rather a continuously negotiated discursive construct.

The concept and dynamics of culture

The concept and dynamics of culture

  • Author: Bernardo Bernardi
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110807742
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 642
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Secure Lives

Secure Lives

The Meaning and Importance of Culture in Secure Hospital Care

  • Author: Annie Bartlett
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199640920
  • Category: Forensic psychiatry
  • Page: 384
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Though institutional care for people suffering from mental illness was phased out in the last century, mentally disordered offenders remain the exception to this rule. The numbers detained in medium secure care have increased and new initiatives in high secure care have created specialist facilities for individuals thought to be particularly dangerous to other people. This means that the nature of institutional life, and in particular the balance between continuing detention for its own sake and care and treatment designed to allow for discharge to a more normal life in the community, should continue to pre-occupy us. Secure Lives is a unique study of life in a high security hospital, based on original research material obtained in the mid 1990s. Compelling personal accounts from staff and patients, as well as case study material, illustrate the complex culture of a high security hospital. The book explores the complex relationship that exists between staff and patients, the social hierarchy, and life amongst potentially dangerous and mentally ill individuals. Though there are many texts on forensic psychiatry in practice, this book provides a first-hand account of life in an environment never seen by those outside its walls.

A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning

A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning

  • Author: Claudia Strauss,Naomi Quinn,American Anthropological Association. Meeting
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521595414
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 323
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"Culture" and "meaning" are central to anthropology, but anthropologists do not agree on what they are. Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn propose a new theory of cultural meaning, one that gives priority to the way people's experiences are internalized. Drawing on "connectionist" or "neural network" models as well as other psychological theories, they argue that cultural meanings are not fixed or limited to static groups, but neither are they constantly revised or contested. Their approach is illustrated by original research on understandings of marriage and ideas of success in the United States.

The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages

The Meanings of Sex Difference in the Middle Ages

Medicine, Science, and Culture

  • Author: Joan Cadden
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521483780
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 310
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This book examines how scientific ideas about sex differences in the later Middle Ages participated in cultural assumptions about gender.

The Meanings of Things

The Meanings of Things

Material Culture and Symbolic Expression

  • Author: I. Hodder
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317762320
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
  • View: 1794
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This unique and fascinating book concentrates on the varying roles and functions that material culture may play in almost all aspects of the social fabric of a given culture. The contributors, from Africa, Australia and Papua New Guinea, India, South America, the USA, and both Eastern and Western Europe, provide a rich variety of views and experience in a worldwide perspective. Several of the authors focus on essential points of principle and methodology that must be carefully considered before any particular approach to material culture is adopted. One of the many fundamental questions posed in the book is whether or not all material culture is equivalent to documents which can be 'read' and interpreted by the outside observer. If it is, what is the nature of the 'messages' or meanings conveyed in this way? The book also questions the extent to which acceptance, and subsequent diffusion, of a religious belief or symbol may be qualified by the status of the individuals concerned in transmitting the innovation, as well as by the stratification of the society involved. Several authors deal with 'works of art' and the most effective means of reaching an understanding of their past significance. In some chapters semiotics is seen as the most appropriate technique to apply to the decoding of the assumed rules and grammars of material culture expression.

The Meaning of Democracy and the Vulnerability of Democracies

The Meaning of Democracy and the Vulnerability of Democracies

A Response to Tocqueville's Challenge

  • Author: Vincent Ostrom
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472084562
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 329
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Considers the social requirements for a thriving democracy