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    Like Japanese culture for instance. Some people don't want to admit that there can be such a thing at all.
    What are cultures? How do they take shape? What are the comprised of? How do they change? Should they be preserved? Are they under threat? Have they already disappeared? What is the role of mass media and globalisation in all of this?

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    I think the key components are food, prejudice and methods of violence.

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    Geography and climate? Without straying too far into north=industry, prudence, temperance.

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    There's been a huge revival of 19th century "race science" over the last few years. I'm not intending to feed that.

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    Something to be said here about the analogy between economic protectionism and cultural protectionism? Allowing unique cultural forms to gestate and grow without undue influence from outside.

    Japan is obviously a good example in this regard - it remains the most culturally alien place I have ever been to (far more so than some other places 'supposed' to be more different), which must be due to its cultural insulation from the outside world for centuries.

    Also lots of examples of cross-national cultures of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    I think the key components are food, prejudice and methods of violence.
    I really wish you'd develop this thesis.

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    I think he's talking specifically about Welsh culture, built on laverbread, hatred of the English and low-level weekend thuggery in Swansea town centre.

    Nothing wrong with any of that of course.
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    Culture is considered a central concept in anthropology, encompassing the range of phenomena that are transmitted through social learning in human societies. Cultural universals are found in all human societies; these include expressive forms like art, music, dance, ritual, religion, and technologies like tool usage, cooking, shelter, and clothing. The concept of material culture covers the physical expressions of culture, such as technology, architecture and art, whereas the immaterial aspects of culture such as principles of social organization (including practices of political organization and social institutions), mythology, philosophy, literature (both written and oral), and science comprise the intangible cultural heritage of a society.

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    Answer the question properly

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