Taylor defines culture as “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society" (Anthrobase par 3). “Yet another definition proposed by Taylor that is releveant today is that Culture refers to the totality of the humanly created world, from material culture and cultivated landscapes, via social institutions (political, religious, economic etc.), to knowledge and meaning” (Anthrobase par 3). The study will assume the definitions of culture as proposed by Taylor. Yet another assumption that will be held is that construction workers will include those who live and work in Roseburg as well as those who only work in the area.
Anthropology mainly is concerned with the study of human life. As such, the subject deals with how humans originated, how people from a community relate with one another and with “others”, the differences or variations that exist between community members and how people are organised in their communities or societies with respect to culture. In a broad sense, anthropology may be divided into four subfields including physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology. Anthropology is important in that it makes people be able to appreciate other people’s cultures and way of living. By extension, this is important in communicating and dealing with people in various fields including business, politics, ecology and medicine just to mention a few.
Roseburg, Oregon is a place located in the North West side of the United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. Among the several activities carried out in the area include fishing, commerce and construction work. The people of Roseburg and more specifically, the construction workers have diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds making the culture of the construction workers subject to various influences.