Jordan/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.2 National definition of culture

While there is no national definition of culture in Jordan, the MoC definition applies to any culture in any part of the world. The Cultural Development Document mentions that culture is a way of living and thinking. So the absence of a definition is as natural as the absence of cultural policies. The definition of culture is not a complementary or terminological issue; the concept of culture is so essential in identifying social changes.

Mr Al-Tal says that the philosophy of the Ministry of Culture emanates from its belief that culture is a selective epistemic behavioural system that includes beliefs and everything made by the mind and mankind in their social environment. Culture is a human's awareness of life and his or her own accomplishment, existence, vision, and the way they express that through all aspects of human activity[1].

[1] Cultural Policies in Jordan: previous source, p. 179.


Chapter published: 04-05-2016