Culture, Genuine and Spurious

  title={Culture, Genuine and Spurious},
  author={Edward Sapir},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={401 - 429}
  • E. Sapir
  • Published 1 January 1924
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
Varying definitions of culture. The ethnologist's or culture-historian's use of the term. Individual culture as a traditional ideal. The general spirit of the "genius" of a national civilization; France and Rusia as examples. Genuine culture, as here defined, possible on all levels of civilization; culture may be but a spurious thing in the most sophisticated or progressive of societies. Efficiency no measure of culture. Maladjustments between cultural values and new economic conditions… 

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