This is the cover of the book I downloaded from kindle. I want to take the middle path for writing this blog. I want to provide material backed by academic research, though I don’t want it to be too academic. I don’t want to provide stuff that is there on public domain, the authenticity of which I cannot guarantee.
I finished reading this book on Sociology recently. It is titled Introduction to the Science of Sociology. Somehow, I didn’t find any significant material on the topic Culture in this book. I found this book below (Culture: From Primitive Society to the Space Age) on Amazon Kindle. I found some good material in this book. So I have mentioned it.
A few years back I had this feeling (kind of realisation) that culture is only one generation deep. In other words, my culture is only what I inherit from my parents. What if one or both of my parents were from a different background? I would have definitely ended up different. So culture in my view is a different topic in Self-Realisation. In the page Human Development I have listed Culture as one of the subjects instrumental in the development of a human being. This post is a brief attempt to cover what Culture means in the field of Social Sciences.
Culture according to Wikipedia is defined in the words of E.B. Tylor, as
That complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.
I realised over the years that, what I inherited from my parents, their values, their beliefs etc, if that is what Culture is, then Culture alone isn’t enough to shape me up, because in addition to that, I inherit a lot of other things from my environment which are not bestowed unto me by my parents. My education for instance, is distinct from the culture I inherit from my parents. My education isn’t necessarily a part of their upbringing. In shaping up who I am today, my environment (which is not identical to my parents’ environment) is responsible; and there are many aspects to my environment. That is where the field of Sociology plays a big role.
At this juncture, I will end this post here. In subsequent posts, I will write on various topics of Sociology and Culture.