It’s been sixty years since Kroeber and Kluckhohn published their compendium of definitions of culture. I thought it might be fun to engage with this project again. So if you have a favorite definition of culture–either your own, or one that has been published since 1952, please share it with me. Please provide enough of a citation for quotes that are not your own that others may trace it, or say “(Mine)” if it’s yours.
You may send me a definition in any one of these ways:
1. Leave a comment on this post with your definition
2. Connect with me on Twitter (@anthrocharya). If your definition spills over into more than one tweet, please number them, e.g., 1/3, 2/3, etc., so I know.
3. Email me at anthrocharya[at]yahoo[dot]com.
If you’re an anthropologist, an ethnographer, or another scholar/professional who otherwise studies culture as part of your professional or academic activities, please place a capital “E” (for expert) at the end of your tweet, comment, or email. Students are welcome! Please provide citations.
I’ll make all the definitions available as best as I can, and try to analyze them thematically. I’m interested in what kinds of definitions of culture are out there, whether specific themes dominate these definitions, if definitional foci have shifted, and what the most common definitions are that people use, particularly in teaching and in popular media usages.
Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a definition :)