Heterogeneity and the Concept of Culture. Remarks on Musical Research and Cultural Theory


cultural theory
musical research

How to Cite

Moraczewski, K. (2016). Heterogeneity and the Concept of Culture. Remarks on Musical Research and Cultural Theory. Journal of Applied Cultural Studies, 2, 45–56. https://doi.org/10.14746/jacs.2016.2.03


The aim of the study is to evaluate the concept of culture in the face of social heterogeneity. Focusing on the distinction between homogeneity and heterogeneity on the example of musical culture the author focuses on four questions. Does the concept of culture in its theoretical formulation mean that it necessarily crosses the border of the formal set-theory ontology and leads to the multiplying of the entities? Are there acceptable criteria for differentiating the cultural aspect of human affairs from other aspects? Can the practice of distinguishing the less or more unified wholes called cultures be justified when confronted with the irreducible complexity and heterogeneity of social life? Is the concept of culture, though useful for the analysis of non European and past European societies, still operative for the analysis of contemporary societies?



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