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Culture is the ensemble of social processes by which meanings are produced, circulated and exchanged

Culture is that aspect of the social which is concerned with meanings. There are, of course, many other aspects of the social, with many other concerns (economic, legal, governmental, educational, etc.), but in some senses culture would seem to be very basic. one can at least imagine what societies might be like without money, exploitation, government or the like – there’s an entire branch of fiction, the U

culture is the site of the production of meanings, not the expression of meanings which exist elsewhere. Meanings come about in and through social relations, those among people, groups, classes, institutions, structures and things. and because they are produced circulate and are exchanged within the social world, these meanings are never entirely fixed.








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