Cultural Anthropology And Cultural Diversity

1017 Words Nov 14th, 2015 5 Pages
The cultures’ of everyone around the world are so varied and interesting. Sometimes a person visiting a foreign country, state, or region may find it difficult to even comprehend the actions of people within a certain culture. Even anthropologists are often astounded by how much difference exists in the world. Culture is typically something sacred to a group of people, but it does have a tendency to change overtime. Although there are many different aspects to culture, so much so that their is a whole field dedicated to researching and understanding it, it’s ultimately defined by its interpretations, differentiations, and adaptations. In Cultural Anthropology: Appreciating Cultural Diversity, a few chapters are dedicated to explaining the field of anthropology and culture within an anthropological context. The first definition of cultures presented is, “Cultures are traditions and customs, transmitted through learning, that form and guide the beliefs and behavior of the people exposed to them,” (Kottak, 2014, 3). This definition clearly covers a lot of ground, and was likely drawn from many different perspectives. Another view provided later on was, “Culture… is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as member of society,” (Tylor, 1871/1958, 1). Kottak’s definition seems to be more broad, whereas Tylor’s is very specific in its application of what qualifies as culture. Difference…
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