Re: definitions of culture

Jeannine Jarvis (jeannine@CAS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 12:22:41 -0500

Anita G Cohen-Williams wrote:
>I think that Krober's definition is still the best, "shared learned
>behavior". The definition using the idea of human processes obstructing
>nature doesn't work when one looks at stone tool usage. There is an
>example of people using nature to produce needed goods.
True, "obstruct" doesn't apply in that case. But Warren Sproule's definition
also includes the transformation of nature in the definition of culture,
which certainly *would* apply to the use of stone tools.

Jeannine Jarvis
Northwestern Univ.