The term culture includes all the characteristic activities and interests of a people Derby Day, Henley Regatta, Cowes, the twelfth of August, a cup final, the dog races, the pin table, the dart board, Wensleydale cheese, boiled cabbage cut into sections, beetroot in vinegar, 19th century Gothic churches and the music of Elgar The reader can make his own list In this famous essay T S Eliot examines the principal uses of the word, and the conditions in which culture itself can flourish So rich in ideas that it is difficult to select two or three of them for comment it is a natural history of culture Sunday Times...
|Title||:||Notes Towards the Definition of Culture|
|Publisher||:||Faber Main edition January 1, 1973|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
|File Size||:||696 KB|
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Notes Towards the Definition of Culture Reviews
It is quite telling that the Amazon.com review material includes the line, “The book has been viewed as a critique of postwar Europe and a defense of conservatism and Christianity.” It is that, of course, but the comment suggests that Eliot’s intentions are somewhat elusive or underplayed, as if he wished to hover about the surface and allow deeper meanings to emerge upon later reflection.
Eliot begins by conceding that the subject of his study “involves the risk of error at every moment” and is “so difficult that I am not sure I grasp it myself except in flashes, or that I comprehend all its implications.” He defines culture as “not merely the sum of several activities, but a way of life” of people living together in one place. It is “made visible in their arts, in their social system, in their habits and customs, in their religion.” He warns the reader about the danger of committing two errors: “that of regarding religion and culture as separate things between which there is a relation, and that of identifying [equating] religion and culture.” Culture and religion are separate and distinct, but they are intricately interwoven.
Indispensable little book on culture nothing has come close to since. Read this and you can begin to unravel ones real relationship to society in part and as a whole. No high school student should be able to graduate without having this on the curriculum.