Concepts of Culture: 1

Essentialist culture - distant, aloof, unattainable…Essentialist culture - distant, aloof, unattainable…

Changing conceptions of the notion of culture’. How did we get to where we are now? Culture as growth’, culture as a standard’, the emergence of mass’ culture. Essentialist attitudes to culture.


  • Read the brief excerpts from Arnold - it’s quite difficult but try to see if you can understand how Arnold is defining culture; there are a couple of places where he talks about culture and refers to what it is’ and what it does’.


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Excerpts from Arnold, M. (1911) Culture & anarchy: an essay in political and social criticism. Macmillan and Company, London.

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