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Dr. Md Intekhab Hossain

Over the last one hundred years and especially during the last fifty years, anthropology has consistently tried to liberate us from many misnomers and fallacies. It has explored the myth of social and cultural superiority with success. It puts the entire human beings on the same pedestal. Thus, anthropology has a critical endeavor and contribution to make in this process. Moreover, anthropology contributes to the formation of an enlightened citizenry free from parochial and narrow feelings. Academics, scholars, and students of anthropology are bound to come across an awesome variety of human societies and cultures with great variations in color, creed, language, dialect, socio-economic and political organizations, and more. This is also the subject matter of social-cultural anthropology. Therefore, we must have a sound and lucid idea of what culture signifies in anthropology. In commonplace usage, a person with good etiquette, manner, skill, and sophistication is normally referred to as ‘cultured’. Performance of fine arts like dance, drama, and music is commonly referred to as a ‘cultural programme’. This is a commonsense, layman’s cognition of culture (Hasnain 2016: 17 & 61). The anthropological concept of culture is more than that and has always been one of the most important and influential ideas in anthropological thought and inquiry. 
Reference: Hasnain, N. (2016). General Anthropology. New Delhi: Jawahar Publishing & Distributors.