Conceptualizing Culture: Possibilities for Political Science

  title={Conceptualizing Culture: Possibilities for Political Science},
  author={L. Wedeen},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={713 - 728}
  • L. Wedeen
  • Published 2002
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
This essay makes a case for an anthropological conceptualization of culture as “semiotic practices” and demonstrates how it adds value to political analyses. “Semiotic practices” refers to the processes of meaning-making in which agents' practices (e.g., their work habits, self-policing strategies, and leisure patterns) interact with their language and other symbolic systems. This version of culture can be employed on two levels. First, it refers to what symbols do—how symbols are inscribed in… Expand