Culture in Mind: Cognition, Culture, and the Problem of Meaning / Edition 1

Culture in Mind: Cognition, Culture, and the Problem of Meaning / Edition 1

by Bradd Shore, Bruner Jerome
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195126629

ISBN-13: 9780195126624

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Despite the recognized importance of cultural diversity in understanding the modern world, the emerging science of cognitive psychology has relied far more on experimental psychology,
neurobiology, and computer science than on cultural anthropology for its models of how we think. In this exciting new book, anthropologist
Bradd Shore has created the first study

Overview

Despite the recognized importance of cultural diversity in understanding the modern world, the emerging science of cognitive psychology has relied far more on experimental psychology,
neurobiology, and computer science than on cultural anthropology for its models of how we think. In this exciting new book, anthropologist
Bradd Shore has created the first study linking multi-culturalism to cognitive psychology, exploring the complex relationship between culture in public institutions and in mental representations. In so doing, he answers in a completely new way the age old question of whether humans are basically the same psychologically, independent of cultures, or basically diverse because of cultural differences. The first half of the book emphasizes cultural models, from Australian
Aboriginal rituals and Samoan comedy skits, to more familiar terrain,
including a study of baseball as a cultural model for Americans. Along the way, the author sheds new and novel light on many familiar institutions, from educational curricula and shopping malls to modular furniture and cyberpunk fiction. These observations are then linked to theoretical developments in linguistics, semiotics, and neuroscience,
creating a bold new approach to understanding the role of culture in everyday meaning making. The author argues that culture must be considered an intrinsic component of the human mind to a degree that most psychologists and even many anthropologists have not recognized.
This new position of cultural models will make absorbing reading for psychologists, anthropologists, linguists, and philosophers, and to anyone interested in the issues of cultural diversity,
multiculturalism, or cognitive science in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195126624
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: The Problem of Culture in Mind
1. The Psychic Unity Muddle
2. Rethinking Culture as Models
PART II: The Cognitive Landscape of Modernity
3. Mind Games: Cognitive Baseball
4. Playing With Rules: Sport at the Borderlands of Time and Space
5. Interior Furnishings: Scenes from an American Foundational Schema
6. Technologic Trends: The Neuromatic Frame of Mind
PART III: Rethinking "Primitive Classification"
7. Totem as Practically Reason: Rationality Reconsidered
8. Kwakiutl Animal Symbolism: Food for Thought
PART IV: Dreamtime Learning
9. Dreamtime Learning, Inside-Out: The Narrative of the Wawilak Sisters
10. Dreamtime Learning, Outside-In: Murngin Age-Grading Rituals
PART V: The Problem of Multiple Models
11. Tropic Landscapes: Alternative Spatial Models in Samoan Culture
12. When Models Collide: Cultural Origins of Ambivalence
PART VI: Culture in Mind
13. Culture and the Problem of Meaning
14. Analogical Transfer and the Work of Culture

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