From the course name “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology”, it is not hard to find out that “cultural” is the mainly subject or the topic of this course. From every posting of each week, the cultural subject has gradually deepened from week 1 to week 6. So, how should we define the word “culture”? In a narrow sense, it could be defined as the thought, behavior, customs and habits of a group; In a broad sense, culture could be defined as the production or creation of a group, and then passed to others by this group. From the lectures and the reading materials from week 6, we could find that this is an era of globalization, and there are a lot of mutual benefit and cooperation opportunities, but also the conflict of religious, racial, and cultural intense would consequent on. From the lectures and reading materials from week 4 and week 5, the cultural exchange would provide the solution to those problems. And those linkage and connection really help me to understand the word “culture” better.
From other classmates’ weekly posting of week 4, we can learn about the different customs of different nationalities. And it also represented the development globalization. Ethnic is another good example. Ethnic groups are sometimes aggregated by culture as well, and some of the “people” want to “split” from the “national family”, and even some countries are willing to form a community based on the cultural identity or not. On the other hand, the different cultures of all over the world, has been always impact each other, we cannot assert that there is or is no completely independent national culture. Today’s national culture, in the past may not be a national culture. It makes me think of the metaphor of the tower of Babel, from the assimilation to dissimilation and assimilation, just a cycle. And for culture, I think it is the same. Globalization bring a lot of exchange to people, and we need to select the essence the dross.