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Culture or Civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society. The condition of culture among the various societies of mankind, in so far as it is capable of being investigated on general principles, is a subject apt for the study of laws of human thought and action. On the one hand, the uniformity which so largely pervades civilization may be ascribed, in great measure, to the uniform action of uniform causes: while on the other hand its various grades may be regarded as stages of development or evolution... (Tylor [1871] 1920, 1)


Tylor, Edward B. (1871) 1920. Primitive Culture, vol. 1. London: John Murray. http://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.42334.

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