A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology


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A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology offers a comprehensive overview of the development of cognitive anthropology from its inception to the present day and presents recent findings in the areas of theory, methodology, and field research in twenty-nine key essays by leading scholars. * Demonstrates the importance of cognitive anthropology as an early constituent of the cognitive sciences * Examines how culturally shared and complex cognitive systems work, how they are structured, how they differ from one culture to another, how they are learned and passed on * Explains how cultural (or collective) vs. individual knowledge distinguishes cognitive anthropology from cognitive psychology * Examines recent theories and methods for studying cognition in real-world scenarios * Contains twenty-nine key essays by leading names in the field

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Product details

  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 174 x 250 x 46mm | 1,279.12g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 1405187786
  • 9781405187787
  • 1,327,093

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In elucidating tensions between individual and collective, between idiosyncratic and commonplace, between the social, cultural, and environmental, and between the evolutionary and situational, cognitive anthropology emerges as a significant component of studying human being, and this volume provides a useful anthology and snapshot. (Journal of the Royal Astronomical Institute, 1 May 2013) The fact that reading through these essays got me thinking about the amazing range of research areas that could now be considered part of "cognitive anthropology" is a testament both to the provocative value of this volume and the vitality of the sub-discipline of cognitive anthropology it is helping to re-imagine. (Ethos, 1 February 2013)

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This new companion traces the development of cognitive anthropology from its beginnings in the late 1950s to the present, and evaluates future directions of research in the field. In twenty-nine articles from leading anthropologists, there is an overview of cognitive and cultural structures, insights into how cognition works in everyday life and interacts with culture, and examples of contemporary research. The companion is essential for anyone interested in the questions of how culture shapes cognitive processes.

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About David B. Kronenfeld

David B. Kronenfeld is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Riverside and is the author of numerous books, including Culture, Society, and Cognition: Collective Goals, Values, Action, and Knowledge (2008). Giovanni Bennardo is Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of three books, most recently Language, Space, and Social Relationships: A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia (2009). Michael D. Fischer is Professor of Anthropological Sciences at the University of Kent and has written Applications in Computing for Social Anthropologists (1994). Victor de Munck is Associate Professor of Anthropology at State University New York, New Paltz, and is the author of numerous publications, including Research Design and Methods for Studying Cultures (2009).

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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xvi Introduction 1 PART I History of Cognitive Anthropology; Nature and Types of Cultural Knowledge Structures 9 1 A History of Cognitive Anthropology 11 B. G. Blount 2 The History of the Cultural Models School Reconsidered: A Paradigm Shift in Cognitive Anthropology 30 Naomi Quinn 3 The Cognitive Context of Cognitive Anthropology 47 Jurg Wassmann, Christian Kluge, and Dominik Albrecht 4 The Limits of the Habitual: Shifting Paradigms for Language and Thought 61 Janet Dixon Keller 5 Types of Collective Representations: Cognition, Mental Architecture, and Cultural Knowledge 82 Giovanni Bennardo and David B. Kronenfeld 6 Personal Knowledge and Collective Representations 102 John B. Gatewood PART II Methodologies 115 7 How to Collect Data that Warrant Analysis 117 W. Penn Handwerker 8 Data, Method, and Interpretation in Cognitive Anthropology 131 James Boster 9 Multi-Item Scales and Cognitive Ethnography 153 Kateryna Maltseva and Roy D Andrade 10 Consensus Analysis 171 Stephen P. Borgatti and Daniel S. Halgin 11 Narrative, Mind, and Culture 191 Benjamin N. Colby 12 Simulation (and Modeling) 210 Michael Fischer and David B. Kronenfeld PART III Cognitive Structures of Cultural Domains 227 13 Mathematical Representation of Cultural Constructs 229 Dwight Read 14 Kinship Theory and Cognitive Theory in Anthropology 254 F. K. L. Chit Hlaing (F. K. Lehman) 15 Numerical Cognition and Ethnomathematics 270 Andrea Bender and Sieghard Beller 16 Indigenous Knowledge and the Understanding of Cultural Cognition: The Contribution of Studies of Environmental Knowledge Systems 290 Roy Ellen 17 Emotions, Motivation, and Behavior in Cognitive Anthropology 314 E. N. Anderson 18 Social Networks, Cognition, and Culture 331 Douglas R. White PART IV Cognitive Anthropology and Other Disciplines 355 19 Culture and Cognition: The Role of Cognitive Anthropology in Anthropology and the Cognitive Sciences 357 Norbert Ross and Douglas L. Medin 20 Cultural Models, Power, and Hegemony 376 Halvard Vike 21 Cognitive Anthropology through a Gendered Lens 393 Carol C. Mukhopadhyay 22 Sociality in Cognitive and Sociocultural Anthropologies: The Relationships Aren t Just Additive 413 Lynn Thomas 23 Cognitive Anthropology and Education: Foundational Models of Self and Cultural Models of Teaching and Learning in Japan and the United States 430 Hidetada Shimizu 24 Archaeological Approaches to Cognitive Evolution 450 Miriam Noel Haidle PART V Some Examples of Contemporary Research 469 25 The Distributed Cognition Model of Mind 471 Brian Hazlehurst 26 A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia: Monarchy, Democracy, and the Architecture of the Mind 489 Giovanni Bennardo 27 Cognitive Approaches to the Study of Romantic Love: Semantic, Cross-Cultural, and as a Process 513 Victor C. de Munck 28 Trouble as Part of Everyday Life: Cognitive and Sociocultural Processes in Avoiding and Responding to Illness 531 Linda C. Garro 29 Using Consensus Analysis to Investigate Cultural Models of Alzheimer s Disease 548 Robert W. Schrauf and Madelyn Iris Afterword: One Cognitive View of Culture 569 David B. Kronenfeld Index 584

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