ISBN-10:
0521024943
ISBN-13:
9780521024945
Pub. Date:
03/16/2006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Mind, Body and Culture: Anthropology and the Biological Interface

Mind, Body and Culture: Anthropology and the Biological Interface

by Geoffrey SamuelGeoffrey Samuel
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Overview

Concerned with the aspects of human behaviour which have been traditionally described as cultural or social, the author draws on his background in physics to suggest a scientific approach involving a reconceptualization of many of our assumed concepts. Are culture, society and similar concepts from anthropology and sociology of any real use in making sense of human social life? How can we understand the relationship between the social group and the individual human beings, with their self-awareness and sense of personal identity, who make it up? Drawing on his background in physics, Dr Samuel suggests a scientific approach involving a reconceptualization of many of the concepts we take for granted. The multimodal framework, or MMF, derives from this approach. It incorporates many of the insights of social and cultural anthropology, particularly the work of Gregory Bateson and Victor Turner, as well as being influenced by recent developments in the philosophy of science and related fields. Finally, the book considers some of the implications of the MMF for biological approaches, and focuses on questions of brain structure and on evolutionary explanations for human social behaviour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521024945
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. New paradigms and modal states; 2. A natural science of society; 3. Starting points I; 4. Starting points II; 5. Interpreting the flow; 6. The multimodal framework; 7. The Ndembu modal state repertoire; 8. Sociocentric modal states; 9. Shamanic mechanisms; 10. The growth of the clerical approach; 11. Technical and transformational mechanisms; 12. Mind, body and culture; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.

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