Module I: Introduction

I. The Culture Concept


All anthropologists share a reliance upon the culture concept, which they take as a starting point for understanding human experience regardless of subdiscipline, specialization, or theoretical orientation. Anthropologists define culture differently from common usage and have extended its meaning and applicability beyond a simple term to a comprehensive theoretical paradigm. A historical perspective clarifies the concept's significance and its development through changing anthropological views of the world's peoples.


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