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Culture and the Anthropologists

Melvyn Bragg looks at the idea of culture as used by anthropologists since the 19th century.

Melvyn Bragg continues his exploration of the idea of culture by considering its use in the discipline of anthropology. In 1871 the anthropologist Edward Tylor published Primitive Culture, an enormously influential work which for the first time placed culture at the centre of the study of humanity. His definition of culture as the 'capabilities and habits acquired by man' ensured that later generations saw culture as common to all humans, and not simply as the preserve of writers and philosophers.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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New Year's Day 2013 21:30