Philosophical Papers and Review

  • Abbreviation: Philos. Papers Rev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-663X
  • DOI: 10.5897/PPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 39


Culture in society, society in culture: Understanding threads of cultural-social dialectic

Limame Barbouchi
  • Limame Barbouchi
  • Faculty of Letters and Humanities ? Oujda, Morocco.
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  •  Received: 15 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 03 March 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015


This paper aims at exploring the provinces of social and cultural dialectical threads. In doing so, it offers an account of (1) why it is quite often confusingly believed that there is a methodological and epistemological “difference” between social and cultural ones[i], and (2) how this belief cloaks some inherent weaknesses and obstacles to change. It is, therefore, within this rationale that this paper locates both its hypothesis and central thesis. Its hypothesis is that there is an inherent confusing belief that there is a methodological and epistemological difference between the social and cultural; and thus each is misleadingly viewed on its own. The central thesis of the current paper, in turn, is that there are a set of dialectical threads of the social and cultural that should be explored enough to account for change. Hence, the hypothesis and thesis of this study are engineered in this way to offer an account of how the cultural and social become nervous systems of change.

Key words: Culture, society, social structure, cultural system, human agency.


[i] - In Morocco, for example, there is Ministry of Culture; Ministry of Solidarity, the Woman, the Family and

    Social Development, Solidarity and the Family; Agency of Social Development; and National Initiative

    for Human Development. Meanwhile, there is Ministry of Culture.