I suggest 'culture' is a name for all the different activities that are
going on in a community, and how they interact. 'Tradition' is a mechanism
by which a culture, or certain strands within it, are passed down from one
generation to another. We may sometimes speak of a culture as a tradition,
but only when we are thinking of it as something extended in time; in other
words, when we are thinking of culture as a product of tradition.
Yoghurt has a culture, but not a tradition. Perhaps there is no significant
handover mechanism between one generation and the next.
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Subject: [BRITARCH] What's in a name? culture or tradition
> Dear all,
> Does anyone have any thoughts on the meaning of the terms 'culture' and
> 'tradition' ... my intuition says they arn't the same. That's how I know
> to call one archaeological manifestation a tradition and the other a
> culture ... I know volumes must have been written on the subject (Hodder,
> etc.) but where to begin?
> any thoughts or suggestions?
> Liesbeth Van Camp