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Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

A Critical Synthesis

by Sarah E. JohnsStephen J. Lycett and Roy Ellen
Paperback
Publication Date: 16/08/2013
  $52.18
The concept of "cultural transmission" is central to much contemporary anthropological theory, since successful human reproduction through social systems is essential for effective survival and for enhancing the adaptiveness of individual humans and local populations. Yet, what is understood by the phrase and how it might best be studied is highly contested. This book brings together contributions that reflect the current diversity of approaches - from the fields of biology, primatology, palaeoanthropology, psychology, social anthropology, ethnobiology, and archaeology - to examine social and cultural transmission from a range of perspectives and at different scales of generalization. The comprehensive introduction explores some of the problems and connections. Overall, the book provides a timely synthesis of current accounts of cultural transmission in relation to cognitive process, practical action, and local socio-ecological context, while linking these with explanations of longer-term evolutionary trajectories.
ISBN:
9781782380719
9781782380719
Category:
Social & cultural anthropology
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
16-08-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Berghahn Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
392
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x21mm
Weight:
0.53kg

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