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Culture and Cultural Strategies in the Context of ‘Global’ Restructuring

  • Marjorie Mayo

Abstract

Culture, it has been suggested, ‘is probably the broadest concept of all those used in the historical social sciences. It embraces a very large range of connotations, and thereby it is the cause perhaps of the most difficulty’ (Wallerstein, 1990, p. 31). Raymond Williams commented that ‘Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language’ (Williams, 1976). The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology defines culture as ‘the accumulated store of symbols, ideas, and material products associated with a social system, whether it be an entire social system or a family’ (Johnson, 1995, p. 68). Culture, in the sociological sense, is ‘learned behaviour’, nurture rather than nature, humankind’s social inheritance, ‘the skills, knowledge and accepted ways of behaving of the society’, ‘“the ways of life” of society’s members’, a design for living which is both learned and shared (Haralambos and Holborn, 1991, pp. 2–3). Without culture in this sense, there can be no human society.

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Cultural Capital Cultural Politics Adult Education Identity Politics Cultural Strategy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjorie Mayo
    • 1
  1. 1.Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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