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The Invention of Culture : Phoenix Book - Roy Wagner

The Invention of Culture

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Published: 1st January 1981
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"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.

Preface
Introduction
The Assumption of Culture The idea of culture Making culture visible The invention of culture
Culture as Creativity Fieldwork is work in the field The ambiguity of ""culture"" The wax museum ""Road belong culture""
The Power of Invention Invention is culture Control The necessity of invention The magic of advertising
The Invention of Self An important message for you about the makers of time Learning personality On ""doing your own thing"": The world of immanent humanity Learning
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ISBN: 9780226869346
ISBN-10: 0226869342
Series: Phoenix Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1981
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised