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"Culture is roughly everything we do and monkeys don’t." ~ FitzRoy Richard

Culture is an abstract concept with a variety of meanings. In anthropology and systems theory, culture is a central and unifying concept. Here culture is defined as the set of learned behaviors and ideas (including beliefs, attitudes, values, customs, and ideals) that are characteristic of a particular society, social group or population. In short, as the attitudes and behavior characteristic of a particular social group. Anthropologists define it in a broad way as "everything that people have, think, and do as members of a society" (Gary Ferraro and Susan Andreatta in "Cultural Anthropology").

Cultural evolution describes how cultures, civilizations and complex societies have developed over time.


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