Culture and Consensus

Column by George Sibley

Resort economy – February 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

“What is a culture if it is not a consensus?”

That’s a question I encountered in an essay, “The World in Pieces,” by anthropologist Clifford Geertz. It’s a question that eventually occurs to anyone who is experiencing the phenomenon of “multiculturalism” today — “cultural diversity” is something that one might like to celebrate, if one could only figure out how.

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