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The Invention of Culture

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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 fr ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published March 15th 1981 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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Edilson
Feb 28, 2017 Edilson rated it it was amazing
Antropologia sob uma ótica moderna e provocativa, combinando características inatas e artificiais para compor infinitas definições do homem (humanidade). Brilhante.
Eric
Feb 06, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok
I try to avoid snooty English-major critiques of the social sciences: Condemnations of the impenetrable nature of "sociologese," for instance. After all, social scientists are doing different things and pursuing different ends than folks in English, so some differences in writing styles make sense.

This book, however, broke me--at least temporarily. Wagner raises some potentially interesting points about the ways invention and convention contribute to how cultures are composed. He is so committed
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Isabel
Feb 19, 2016 Isabel rated it really liked it
Es un libro que sin duda replantea la teoría antropológica, y nos invita a replantear la metoología utilizada en toda investigación etnográfica. Sin embargo, me preocupa las consecuencias del relativista a nivel ético de esta propuesta
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Should be required reading for anthro majors, a good primer on the real deal with what culture is....
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He received a B.A. in Medieval History from Harvard University (1961), and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (1966), where he studied under David M. Schneider. He conducted fieldwork among the Daribi of Karimui, in the Simbu Province of Papua New Guinea, as well as the Usen Barok of New Ireland. Wagner taught at Southern Illinois University and Northwestern University before a ...more
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