Intro to linguistic and sociocultural anthropology (sociocultural anthropology) What people think and do (culture = think, society=do) Many definitions, but have common traits: coherent, systematic whole. An idea, a way to understand and structure the world. Culture is historically transmitted pattern of meanings embodied in symbols, a system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms by means of which men communicate, perpetuate, and develop their knowledge about and attitudes toward life clifford geertz 1973. Characteristics of society: people live in the same area more or less. Institutions that outline/outlast us: culturally distinct, social relations, how people organize themselves and social relations, group of people, what they do, relation between institutions. We do not observe a culture", since that word denotes, not any concrete reality, but an abstraction. But direct observation does reveal to us that human beings are connected by a complex network of social relations.