The Definition of Culture: An Application-Oriented Overhaul

Interculture Journal, p. 35, August 2009

25 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2010

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Stefanie Rathje

University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin

Date Written: September 8, 2009

Abstract

This article revisits traditional definitions of culture to establish a sound criticism of existing coherence-based approaches. By expanding the one-dimensional concept of culture to a four-field-matrix, a likewise contemporary and practical concept of culture is formulated which is also likely to supply reasonable answers to disputed questions regarding the formation of cohesion in society. It is finally argued that the prevalent diagnosis of multicollectivity should be expanded to a desideratum of radical multicollectivity, the goal of providing increasing individual access to ever more collectives, leading to an increase in both social stability and developmental dynamics.

Keywords: definition of culture, cohesion, multicollectivity,

Suggested Citation

Rathje, Stefanie, The Definition of Culture: An Application-Oriented Overhaul (September 8, 2009). Interculture Journal, p. 35, August 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533439

Stefanie Rathje (Contact Author)

University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin ( email )

Treskowallee 8
Berlin, 10313
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.f4.htw-berlin.de/lehrende/rathje.html

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