By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw
Accounting for tradition is a special choice of essays from best Canadian and overseas students that severely examines cultural citizenship, cultural signs, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. it will likely be of significant curiosity to students of cultural coverage, communications, cultural reviews, and public management alike.
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A Unified Model of Culture Can these three perspectives be reconciled? Williams provides a clue in the full passage from which his definition was taken: Culture is ordinary: that is the first fact. Every buman society has its own shape, its own purposes, its own meanings. Every human society expresses these, in institutions, and in arts and learning. The making of a society is the finding of common meanings and directions, and its growth is an active debate and amendment under the pressures of experience, contact, and discovery, writing themselves into the land.
H]e is an explorer feeling his way in an effort to reveal some unknown aspect of existence. Novelists draw up the map of existence by discovering that human possibility. "22 A model of culture which makes sense of the three faces of culture would then have to look something like Figure 1. We use culture (S) as a tool kit of meanings to understand 24 Accounting for Culture Figure 1: Model illustrating how the three perspectives of culture (S: symbols and meaning in everyday life; H: excelleme in human achievement preserved as heritage; and C: creativity) interact.
The misadventures arise from the incongruity between the tribesman's reality and ours. Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship 25 Lest you think such cultural intrusions are merely amusing pieces of fiction, consider the death of Captain Cook, as explained by Marshall Sahlins. Cook's arrival in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778 and again in 1779 coincided with the mythical annual arrival of Lono, the god of peace. In Hawaiian mythology, Lono's visit ushers in a period of feasting and a suspension of tribal warfare.
Accounting for Culture: Thinking Through Cultural Citizenship (Governance Series) by Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw