The Definition of Culture: An Application-Oriented Overhaul
Interculture Journal, p. 35, August 2009
25 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2010
Date Written: September 8, 2009
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,
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