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Goody Jack 1994 Culture and Its Boundaries A European View Assessing Cultural Anthropology Borofsky Robert ed Pp250-261 McGraw-Hill IncIn the beginning of the article Goody talks about the definition of culture and how it is used Culture is a difficult word to define It has many different meanings to many different people Goody discusses the two ways that social scientists use the word culture They use culture as learned behavior that sets us apart from other species and a culture which is a group of people who share the same learned behavior I like Geertzs definition of culture the framework of beliefs expressive symbols and values in terms of which individuals define their feelings and make their judgments Geertz 195733Goody 250 This definition encompasses much of what I think most people would describe as what their culture isGoody states that Europeans do not separate the definitions of culture and society that they are one in the same I agree with this idea because to me a society and a culture constitutes the same group of people who have the same values beliefs etc It is difficult to differentiate the social from the cultural because one is derived from the other The aspects of social interaction in the broader definitions of culture blend the two together If you could subdivide the word culture social interaction would be below culture along with many other terms thus in the Western mind the words culture and social cannot be separated
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