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Explaining Culture Scientifically / Edition 1

Explaining Culture Scientifically / Edition 1

by Melissa J. Brown


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ISBN-13: 9780295987897
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Melissa J. Brown is assistant professor of anthropology at Stanford University. The other contributors are Kenichi Aoki, Christophe Boesch, Robert Borofsky, Samuel Bowles, Robert Boyd, Roy D'Andrade, William H. Durham, Marcus W. Feldman, Herbert Gintis, Joseph Henrich, Yasuo Ihara, James Holland Jones, Peter J. Richerson, Gregory Starrett, and Arthur P. Wolf.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Developing a Scientific Paradigm for Understanding Culture / Melissa J. Brown

Part One: What is Culture?1. Some Kinds of Causal Powers That Make Up Culture / Roy D'Andrade2. Culture in Evolution: Toward an Integration of Chimpanzee and Human Cultures / Christophe Boesch3. Dissent with Modification: Cultural Evolution and Social Niche Construction / Marcus W. Feldman

Part Two: Modeling-Based Case Studies 4. Cultural Evolution: Accomplishments and Future Prospects / Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd5. Conditions for the Spread of Culturally Transmitted Costly Punishment of Sib Mating / Kenichi Aoki, Yasuo Ihara, and Marcus W. Feldman6. Sexually Transmitted Infections as Biomarkers of Cultural Behavior / James Holland Jones

Part Three: Ethnographic Case Studies7. When Culture Affects Behavior: A New Look at Kuru / William H. Durham8. When Culture Does Not Affect Behavior: The Structural Basis of Ethnic Identity / Melissa J. Brown9. A Cultural Species / Joseph Henrich10. Culture Matters: Inferences from Comparative Behavioral Experiments and Evolutionary Models / Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis

Part Four: Challenges to a Science of Culture11. Cultural Evolution and Uxorilocal Marriage in China: A Second Opinion / Arthur P. Wolf12. When Theory Is Data: Coming to Terms with "Culture" as a Way of Life / Gregory Starrett13. Studying "Culture" Scientifically Is an Oxymoron: The Interesting Question Is Why People Don't Accept This / Robert Borofsky

Epilogue: Future Considerations / Melissa J. Brown


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