A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning

A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning

by Claudia Strauss, Naomi Quinn
     
 

ISBN-10: 052159409X

ISBN-13: 9780521594097

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Culture" and "meaning" are central to anthropology, but anthropologists do not agree on what they are. Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn propose a new theory of cultural meaning, one that gives priority to the way people's experiences are internalized. Drawing on "connectionist" or "neural network" models as well as other psychological theories, they argue that

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Overview

"Culture" and "meaning" are central to anthropology, but anthropologists do not agree on what they are. Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn propose a new theory of cultural meaning, one that gives priority to the way people's experiences are internalized. Drawing on "connectionist" or "neural network" models as well as other psychological theories, they argue that cultural meanings are not fixed or limited to static groups, but neither are they constantly revised or contested. Their approach is illustrated by original research on understandings of marriage and ideas of success in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521594097
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology Series, #9
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Background: 1 Introduction; 2. Anthropological resistance; 3. Schema theory and connectionism; 4. Two properties of cultures; 5. Three further properties of culture; Part II. Practice and Possibilities: 6. Research on shared task solutions; 7. Research on the pschodynamics of shared understandings; 8. Research on cultural discontinuities; 9. Beyond old oppositions.

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