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A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning (Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology) Paperback – January 28, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0521595414 ISBN-10: 052159541X

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  • Series: Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052159541X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521595414
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strauss and Quinn's impressive book sets out a theory of culture that is both highly plausible and easily accessible to linguists. This is due in large part to the fact htat its approach is consistently synthetic, both in that it seeks to find common ground among different anthropological approaches to the much contested concept of culture, and in that the authors hope to build bridges between anthropology and other disciplines concerned with human thought and behavior...it constitutes a fascinating variant in the recent explosion of interdisciplinary research on the mind and brain. Linguists (and anyone else) with a broad interest in culture, cognition, or meaning will find the book well worth reading...the book is clearly written, well argued, and solidly supported by often fascinating micro-analyses of American culture." Anthropolological Linguistics

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Anthropologists must draw on modern psychological theories of cognition in order to understand how the shared schemas of a culture are learnt, and come to shape everyday actions and decisions. Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn review a range of current psychologic al theories of cultural meaning, many unfamiliar to anthropologists, and formulate a new approach which draws particularly on 'connectionist', or 'neural network', modelling This is illustrated by original research on understandings of marriage, and ideas of success, in the United States.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. on July 4, 2001
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If youre a casual reader of cultural science, this book might come across as very dense and slow-reading. But if you are already familiar with basic cultural and evolutionary psychology theory, you could find this an interesting read. The book begins by outlining connectivist (spreading activation) models of neurology, and tries to apply them to cultural schemas. The chapters are divided between "case-study" chapters that use a particular event or set of interviews to examine one particular schema style in detail, and more theory minded chapters. The case-study chapters were more interesting and illuminating in my opinion. This book would do well if paired with the "Selfways" research paper by Kitayama and Markus, or paired with a book like 'The Moral Animal' which offers a totally different biological basis for cultural drives in psychology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jacobs on October 21, 2007
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Well, if you're looking for a cognitive theory of cultural meaning, then look no further! Strauss and Quinn take a "connectionist" approach to the development and transmission of cultural meaning. It is quite clear and relatively easy to read, compared with other works we have been reading in my Seminar in Contemporary Theory in Anthropology.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pan Nyx on March 15, 2011
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I needed this book for a class I am taking and it arrived in a very timely manner! The condition said used however the book was in such great condition I thought it was new. I am very happy with this buy!
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