quotes to ponder; ponderous quotes?

“operators in the social process, things that, when put together in certain arrangements in certain contexts, produce essentially social transformations.”

Who wrote this?

more importantly, for this subject, What would you be able to interpret from the quote?


1. If you have 7. something billion people on the rock called Earth, are there going to be 7 billion different interpretations of culture?

2.Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Clifford Geertz all have different interpretations on symbolism from each other. Would other anthropologists have different interpretation on symbolism and each other’s work? Why?

3. Give an example of a symbolic interpretation that differs between your own personal view and how others will perceive it. Explain why.

Example: You see a cop rolling in a your neighborhood. Some people may see it as a problem because they are afraid to get in trouble and others may feel safe when the police are present.

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  • kimico  On April 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

    With over 7 billion people on earth the interpretations of culture are endless. Groups living within the same or similar cultures probably go about their daily routines in similar ways with similar rules about how these routines play out. Within these groups there is probably more variation in which not everyone interprets culture in the same way. For example, I like to eat typical American breakfast food for dinner (i.e. pancakes, eggs, hash browns, etc.) but not for breakfast and my mom likes to eat breakfast food any time of the day. Along the same lines my boyfriend’s idea of breakfast food is different than mine because his family is from El Salvador. All of these examples are similar yet differ according to personal/cultural taste. While culture provides guidelines for everyday living it really depends on the culture and the individual as to the interpretation of what everything within a culture means.

    With technology comes exposure to more “stuff,” creating a larger platform upon which we understand our world. People have their own experiences which shape how they view the world through their own cultural lens. While each culture has their own respective lenses through which the world is seen the more than 7 billion people on planet earth all peer through this lens via the filter of their own experiences.

  • Kaleb Greer  On April 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I would say there is over 7 billion interpretation of culture. No person lives the same exact life so no two people will have the exact same interpretation of culture. Think of the saying “you can never step in the same river twice.” Each time you step in the river it is different and if each person stepped in one after another many may be similar but will still be different. There will also be a big difference between the first person who stepped in the river and the last person who stepped in it. Culture is different for each person but every culture is similar, more share similarities then others.

  • jumpinhare  On April 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    There are many examples of a symbolic interpretation that will differ depending on who is viewing it.

    Cameras at public events…..I view it as safety….glad they are there to keep an eye on things or possibly catch a possible hazard. Others see it as big brother watching them.

    Government collection of cell phone conversations…..some may see it as government protecting them and catching crimes before they occur…others may see it as big brother and invasion of privacy.

    Prius could be seen as hope for technology changing for the better, low emissions, great mph, less import of oil. Others see it as a threat to powerful gas engines.

    Marriage could be seen as a bond between to consenting individuals who love and pledge their life to one another. Others could see it as a cage, trap a ball and chain.

  • PT  On May 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I believe that if we have 7 billion people on earth, there will be some sort of different opinions on culture based from background experience. Everybody has their own opinions on culture or how they see things. Symbols can be an example. A symbol can mean a lot of things depending on how the person may interpret it. A example of symbolic interpretation is the Nazi symbol. In the past, some honored the symbol and yet others disgraced it. The same goes for the American flag which is a symbol itself.

  • mech  On May 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

    An example of a symbolic representation that can receive a different view from others compared to my view. I think tattoos can be great symbols of someone’s personality especially when they’re located in a place that can be easily seen like their arms or legs. In the place that I work there’s a variety of people that come through with their families etc. and out of curiosity, if i get the chance I will comment on their tattoo or ask a question. However, many others can see tattoos as a negative thing. Many places of employment, including my own, require sleeves to cover their tattoos because they don’t want customers to see their tattoos. It seems this is one of the few topics that receive black and white opinions, with very far and few balanced views in between. However! I can also see were this negative view can come from. For example, someone mentioned a swastika as a symbol that is honored by some and disgraced by others. There was once a couple eating at our restaurant and the man had several Nazi symbols tattooed on his neck and knuckles. The server who had the couple warned everyone about the man at his table.Some people dont really think the actual symbol matters and dislike the whole concept of tattoos. While others, like myself, can appreciate that you dont understand why someone gets something permanently on their body unless you ask them about it.

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