Culture . Elements of Culture. What elements do we use to define culture?
E.B. Tylordefines "Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, customs and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society".
Edward Sapirsays, "Culture is any socially inherited element of the life of man, material and spiritual".
Bronisław Kasper Malinowskidefines "Culture the handwork of man and conventional understanding manifest in art and artefact which persisting through which he achieves his ends".
Which do you agree with and why?
Culture is responsive to the changing conditions of the physical world. It is adaptive. It also intervenes in the natural environment and helps man in his process of adjustment. Just as our house shelters us from the storm, so also does our culture help us from natural dangers and assist us to survive. Few of us indeed could survive without culture.