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Hey guys, I am confused to what this statement could mean. It was produced by Clyde Kluckhohn, the famous american sociologist.

The phrase states 'Culture is a design for living. Without culture members of a society would not be able to communicate or cooperate. Therefore culture has two essential qualities; first it is learned, second it is shared.

The sentence I have highlighted is the part I do not understand may you help me, or have suggestions to what he could mean?
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I guess this refers to the way people couldn't communicate without, say, the ability to speak and to understand each other's speech. Also, to interpret body language - facial expressions, posture and so on. These forms of communication are part of culture - they are learned through the process of socialisation and shared by pretty much everyone in a society. If we couldn't understand what anyone else was communicating then it would be impossible to co-operate.

Another part of culture is shared norms and values - guidelines and rules for behaviour. Most people in a culture share certain core values - about violence, privacy and friendship for example. If members of a society held too many conflicting values then society could easily disintegrate.

So culture is pretty important - a design for life even!
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I guess this refers to the way people couldn't communicate without, say, the ability to speak and to understand each other's speech. Also, to interpret body language - facial expressions, posture and so on. These forms of communication are part of culture - they are learned through the process of socialisation and shared by pretty much everyone in a society. If we couldn't understand what anyone else was communicating then it would be impossible to co-operate.

Another part of culture is shared norms and values - guidelines and rules for behaviour. Most people in a culture share certain core values - about violence, privacy and friendship for example. If members of a society held too many conflicting values then society could easily disintegrate.

So culture is pretty important - a design for life even!

Ah thank you, that has become so much clearer for me. Also, how would you describe culture personally? I describe it using Ralph Linton's quote 'A culture is a way of life for the members of the society; A collection of Ideas and habits which are learnt, shared and transmitted from generation to generation'
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