Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology

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The concept of qcultural transmissionq 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.2004; Zarger and Stepp 2004) and still others highlight the rapid acquisition of new forms of TEK (guest 2002; Byg and Balslev 2004). Even where ... needs to be addressed, but first we should establish just how extensive the problem of TEK erosion is. ... 1991; Comerford 1996; Atran 2001b), Honduras (godoy et al. 1998)anbsp;...

Title:Understanding Cultural Transmission in Anthropology
Author:Roy Ellen, Stephen J. Lycett, Sarah E. Johns
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2013-08-15


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