Tradition as Truth and Communication: A Cognitive Description of Traditional Discourse

Tradition as Truth and Communication: A Cognitive Description of Traditional Discourse

by Pascal Boyer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521024668

ISBN-13: 9780521024662

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Tradition is a central concept in the social sciences, but it is commonly treated as unproblematic. Dr. Boyer insists that social anthropology requires a theory of tradition, its constitution and transmission. He treats tradition "as a type of interaction which results in the repetition of certain communicative events," and therefore as a form of social action.

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Tradition is a central concept in the social sciences, but it is commonly treated as unproblematic. Dr. Boyer insists that social anthropology requires a theory of tradition, its constitution and transmission. He treats tradition "as a type of interaction which results in the repetition of certain communicative events," and therefore as a form of social action. Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly with oral communication and focuses on the privileged role of licensed speakers and the ritual contexts in which certain aspects of tradition are characteristically transmitted. Drawing on cognitive psychology, Dr. Boyer proposes a set of general hypotheses to be tested by ethnographic field research. He has opened up an important new field for investigation within social anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024662
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #68
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Conserved world-views or salient memories?; 2. How to think with 'empty' notions; 3. Criteria of truth; 4. Customised speech (I): truth without intentions; 5. Customised speech (II): truth without meaning; 6. Customised persons: initiation, competence and position; 7. Conclusion and programme; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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