Links to Culture-Related Web Sites


As you might imagine, this is not the only place on the Web where one can read about culture. There are other educational resources which describe culture in different ways, and there are many other resources which provide a window into U.S. culture, U.S. subcultures, and/or cultures from other parts of the world. In fact, the Web itself is becoming an important element of modern cultural practice and cultural reproduction; see "Computers and Culture" on this page for discussions of this very subject. The resources described below represent a sampling of what exists — a lot more can be found by those intrepid enough to go searching. (If you find links which you would like to see included on this page, please contact the authors.)

Click on any title in the following resource list for a site/category description and link(s):

Computers and Culture

Hundreds of millions of people spend billions of hours each year working and playing and living with computers. Not suprisingly, some modern-day philosophers have spent some time thinking about the effect this development is having on the production and practice of cultures. Below are a couple of links to such discussions:Return to the resource list.

Culture Resources Directory

http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Cultures/This is a directory page from the Yahoo Directory maintained at Stanford University. As of July 16, 1995, this directory included the following categories (numbers in parentheses indicate the number of links available in each category): African (13); African American (18); Arabic (4); Armenian (1); Asian American (4); Berber (1); Brazilian (1); Bulgaria (2); Canada (2); Caribbean (); Chicano/Latino American (10); Chinese (14); England (3); France (6); German (2); Greek (1); Gypsies (2); Hong Kong (4); Hungary (3); Indian (8); Indigenous Cultures (5); Indonesian (4); Iran (2); Irish (10); Italian (1); Japan (14); Jewish (65); Mexican (4); Native American Indians (23); Pakistan (4); Polish (1); Polynesian (2); Russian (1); Thailand (4); Trans-Cultural Study Guide; Turkish (1); Tuva (3); Ukraine (2); Vietnamese (6); Usenet - clari.news.ethnicity - Ethnicity issues.

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Music and Culture

http://http.ecn.bgu.edu/users/mfjpm/class/local/elements.html
This link, authored by Professor John Murphy at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, explores the relationship between music and culture. Murphy concludes, along with John Blacking, that music is "humanly organized sound." This link is a good place to look if you are interested in another approach to defining culture, and an especially good place if you're interested in understanding the way cultural interpretation can serve as a tool for interpreting learned behavior — in this case, music. Scroll down to the middle of this long text link to find Murphy's discussions of music and culture. For more of Murphy's course materials, including links to other music related web sites, try:
http://http.ecn.bgu.edu/users/mfjpm/class/394.guide.html.

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Religion Directory

http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Religion/From Aristotian to Zoroastrianism, Yahoo's directory of religious resources is a great "A to Z" starting place for spiritual Web exploration.

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Smithsonian Institution

http://www.si.edu/activity/exhibits/start.htmThe Smithsonian Institution is charged with keeping up with U.S. culture in the present as well as maintaining our understanding of U.S. culture as it has changed through history. SI's excellent Web pages can be an excellent place to research or browse for cultural information. This particular link takes you to SI's current and temporary exhibits page, which links you to the following museums (bold type indicates the museum's physical, as opposed to virtual, location): Museums On and Near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution Building, Arts and Industries Building, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Freer Gallery of Art, National Museum of African Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum. Also on the National Mall: S. Dillon Ripley Center (International Gallery). Also in Washington, D.C.: Anacostia Museum, National Zoo. In New York City: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, National Museum of the American Indian.

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Society and Culture Directory

http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/This is a directory page from the Yahoo Directory maintained at Stanford University. As of July 16, 1995, this directory included the following categories (numbers in parentheses indicate the number of links available in each category): Abortion Issues (27); Age (5); Alternative (52); Animal Rights (11); Birth (19); Charity (14); Children (50); Civil Rights (9); Crime (53); Cultures (188); Cyberculture (96); Death (18); Disabilities (44); Diversity (7); Etiquette (2); Families (13); Folklore (30); Friendship (9); Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Resources (115); Gender - Transgendered (56); Gender Issues (17); Holidays (58); Homelessness (11); Human Rights (21); Hunger (2); Magazines (52); Minorities (6); Museums and Exhibits (39); Organizations (1054); Relationships (16); Religion (714); Reunions (1); Seniors (4); Sex (245); Singles (3); Size Issues (7); Social Work (6); Veterans (5); Wedding (17)

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Trans-Cultural Study Guide

http://www.moon.com/trans.cultural/trans.cultural.htmlWritten by members of the Volunteers in Asia group, this on-line guide offers questions to guide one's study of other cultures. The authors suggest that it will be "most useful to those who are living and working in a foreign country for an extended period." Categories covered in the guide include music and art, religious beliefs, economics, politics, social structure, the roles of women and men, and others.

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World Art Treasures and the Krannert Art Museum

http://www.csulb.edu/gc/libarts/cultarts/CULTURE.HTM
This link to Cal-State Long Beach's Global Campus offers two subpaths, both of which house broad collections of art from many cultural traditions. The first subpath, "World Art Treasures," offers a sampling of art from areas from North Africa, Micronesia, Southeast Asia and the Far East (specifically, Egypt, China, Japan, India, Myanmar/Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand). Two digital collections of Egyptian art are also housed here, as well as a collection of Boticelli's work and a lecture on Boticelli (in French). The second path takes you to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Art Museum. This large museum houses more than eight thousand works of art, some of which date back to the fourth millenium BCE. The main page offers nine separate links, including "African Art" and "Pre-Columbian Art."

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