Definition of Culture

Unit 1 Module 1 - Sociology, Culture & Identity


What is Culture? The term culture is varied in its definition, as such it cannot be limited to one singular explanation. Instead, we will briefly present a few definitions that capture the sociological understanding of the term.

Sir Edward B. Tylor, "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."

To the interactionists culture refer to "systems of human meaning."
Culture may also refer to the shared knowledge, beliefs and values of members of society and may be passed on from generation to generation through the process of socialization.


See the Lesson on Culture in  the Visual Summaries section