— [http://goo.gl/0R5TFh] In Richard Hill’s book "We Europeans" (1995), the French are described as ‘the inquisitive individualists’, the Germans as ‘the methodical mystics’, the Spanish as ‘the egocentric egalitarians’, the Dutch as ‘the democratic dogmatists’, the Swedes as ‘the rational realists’, and so on.



The concept of ‘culture’, as used in anthropology and related fields, has been under continual and mounting criticism for several decades. Anna Wierzbicka argues that while this concept needs indeed to be scrutinized and problematized, we are nonetheless much better off with it than without it. By rejecting it, we would jeopardize, in particular, the vital interests of immigrants, refugees and other crossers of cultural boundaries, who need to learn about cultural differences to be able to flourish, or even survive (socially), in a new environment –



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Drawing on autobiographical cross-cultural literature, Anna Wierzbicka shows how the experience of transcultural lives and transcultural ‘selves’ vindicates the ‘culture’ concept, despite its limitations, and how this experience points to a need for crosscultural education, rather than for the abandonment of the concept of ‘culture(s)’.


Anna Wierzbicka shows how the results of linguistic semantics and pragmatics, and especially those of the so-called ‘natural semanticmetalanguage’ (NSM) theory developed by the author and colleagues, allow us to better identify different cultural assumptions, values and understandings associated with different languages and to articulate different ‘cultural scripts’ in a way which would reflect the perspective of cultural insiders while being intelligible to outsiders.

Brick Lane: In Defense of Culture, by Anna Wierzbicka - Official Website - BenjaminMadeira

— REFERENCES | FURTHER READING:

• [1] Wierzbick, Anna (2005), Australian National University. In Defense of ‘Culture’ Article. Theory & Psychology. Sage Publications. Vol. 15(4): 575–597 DOI: 10.1177/0959354305054752. 2005. Print.


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