Culture in Mind

Culture in Mind : Cognition, Culture, and the Problem of Meaning

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Culture in Mind is an ethnographic portrait of the human mind. Using case studies from both western and nonwestern societies. Shore argues that "cultural models" are necessary to the functioning of the human mind. Drawing on recent developments in cognitive science as well as anthropology, Culture in Mind explores the cognitive world of culture in the ongoing production of meaning in everyday thinking and feeling.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 446 pages
  • 163.8 x 241.8 x 31mm | 862.55g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 319th ed.
  • line figures
  • 0195095979
  • 9780195095975

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Despite the recognized importance of cultural diversity in understanding the modern world, the emerging science of cognitive psychology has relied far more on experimental psychology, neurobiology, and computer science than on cultural anthropology for its models of how we think. In new book, anthropologist Bradd Shore has created the first study linking multiculturalism to cognitive psychology, exploring the complex relationship between cultural expressions in public institutions and in mental representations. In so doing, he answers in a completely new way the age-old question of whether humans are basically the same psychologically, independent of cultures, or essentially different. The author argues that culture must be considered an intrinsic component of the human mind to a degree that most psychologists and even many anthropologists have not recognized. This new position of cultural models will make absorbing reading for psychologists, anthropologists, linguists, and philosophers, and for anyone interested in the issues of cultural diversity, multiculturalism, or cognitive science in general.
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Culture in Mind is breathtakingly multidisciplinary and scholarly. In his discussions, Shore exposes models from various disciplines in a way that is likely to enrich readers coming from a number of different academic backgrounds. For example, by bringing culture to the more cognitive sides of mind, the book creates a dialogue between anthropologist and psychologist. * Culture & Psychology, vol. 6(4) * Owing to the text's multidisciplinary eloquence and to the central role psychological factors are given, Culture in Mind is of tremendous relevance to psychologists in general, but most particularly to culturally minded psychologists. Shore not only touches upon aspects related to the problematic relation psychologists have with utilizing the term 'culture' in their work, he also provides theoretical solutions and a source of inspiration for those courageous
enough to assume such a personally and intellectially enriching venture. * Culture & Psychology, vol. 6(4) *
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