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Cultural Analysis in the Humanities

As a discipline, cultural analysis is based on using qualitative research methods of the arts, humanities, social sciences, in particular ethnography and anthropology, to collect data on cultural phenomena and to interpret cultural representations and practices; in an effort to gain new knowledge or understanding through analysis of that data and cultural processes. This is particularly useful for understanding and mapping trends, influences, effects, and affects within cultures.

There are four themes to sociological cultural analysis:

1. Adaptation and Change
This refers to how well a certain culture adapts to its surroundings by being used and developed. Some examples of this are foods, tools, home, surroundings, art, etc. that show how the given culture adapted. Also, this aspect aims to show how the given culture makes the environment more accommodating.

2. How culture is used to survive
How the given culture helps its members survive the environment.

3. Holism, Specificity
The ability to put the observations into a single collection, and presenting it in a coherent manner.

4. Expressions
This focuses on studying the expressions and performance of everyday culture.