SOCI1513 Lecture Notes - Lecture 22: High Culture

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Popular culture, by contrast, is more mainstream and
influenced by mass media and the common opinion.
Popular culture tends to change as tastes and opinions
change over time, whereas high culture generally stays
the same throughout the years.
Mozart is considered high culture, whereas Britney
Spears is considered pop culture; Mozart is likely to still
be popular in 100 years, but Britney Spears will likely be
forgotten by all but a few.
Early colonial definitions of culture equated culture and
civilization and characterized aboriginal people as
uncivilized and uncultured.
This definition of culture only recognizes a single
standard of refinement to which all groups are held
accountable.
Thus, people who differ from those who believe
themselves to be "Cultured" in this sense are not usually
understood as having a different culture; they are
understood as being uncultured.
Although we still see remnants of this idea of high culture
today, it has largely fallen out of practice.
Its decline began during the Romantic Era, when scholars
in Germany - especially those concerned with nationalism
- developed the more inclusive notion of culture as a
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