Culture: Conceptual Clarifications

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There is no single definition that is able to capture the complexity of the concept of culture. Therefore, to gain clarity, culture is considered as a means of human cultivation and “civilization”; as an agent of change; as a source of objective and subjective development; as an aspect of human existence on which humans confer meaning; as a way of life common to a particular group of people; as artistic practices and products; as a source of capital and power; as a means of social reproduction of the existing order; and as a source of value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
Publication statusEarly online - 22 Oct 2020


  • Culture
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Globalization of culture
  • Raymond Williams
  • Elias
  • Bourdieu
  • Civilizing process
  • Value


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