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The Invention of Culture

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Graded to ABE Seller standard. Good (G). Slight signs of wear including worn marks on the back cover and spine. Front cover, bottom right corner slightly folded. No visible scuffs or fold marks inside or out. Visible stain marks on front cover.

The Invention of Culture, one of the most important works in symbolic anthropology in recent years, argues that culture is not a given that shapes the lives of the people who share it. Rather, it is people who shape their culture by constantly manipulating conventional symbols taken from a variety of everchanging codes to create new meanings. Wagner sees culture arising from the dialectic between the individual and the social world; his analysis is situated in the relation between invention and convention, innovation and control, meaning and context. Finally, the author points out that the symbolization processes that generate the construction of meaning in culture are the same as those that anthropologists use to "invent" the cultures they study.

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Author(s):
Roy Wagner
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0226869342
ISBN-13:
9780226869346
Number of pages:
168
Publisher:
The University of Chicago Press
Title:
The Invention of Culture

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Graded to ABE Seller standard. Good (G). Slight signs of wear including worn marks on the back cover and spine. Front cover, bottom right corner slightly folded. No visible scuffs or fold marks inside or out. Visible stain marks on front cover.

The Invention of Culture, one of the most important works in symbolic anthropology in recent years, argues that culture is not a given that shapes the lives of the people who share it. Rather, it is people who shape their culture by constantly manipulating conventional symbols taken from a variety of everchanging codes to create new meanings. Wagner sees culture arising from the dialectic between the individual and the social world; his analysis is situated in the relation between invention and convention, innovation and control, meaning and context. Finally, the author points out that the symbolization processes that generate the construction of meaning in culture are the same as those that anthropologists use to "invent" the cultures they study.

Author(s):
Roy Wagner
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0226869342
ISBN-13:
9780226869346
Number of pages:
168
Publisher:
The University of Chicago Press
Title:
The Invention of Culture

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