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Cultural software : a theory of ideology

Author: J M Balkin
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
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In this book J.M. Balkin offers original theory of cultural evolution, a theory that explains shared understandings, disagreement, and diversity within cultures. Drawing on many fields of study - including anthropology, evolutionary theory, cognitive science, linguistics, sociology, political theory, philosophy, social psychology, and law - the author explores how cultures grow and spread, how shared understandings  Read more...
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Balkin, J.M.
Cultural software.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998
(DLC) 97037011
(OCoLC)37553699
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J M Balkin
ISBN: 0585382506 9780585382500
OCLC Number: 49414697
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 335 pages)
Contents: Tools of understanding --
Bricolage and the construction of cultural software --
Memetic evolution --
The spread of cultural software --
Conceptions of ideology --
Ambivalence and self-reference --
Transcendence --
Cultural heuristics --
Narrative expectations --
Homologies and associations --
Metaphor, metonymy, and cognitive models --
The power of understanding --
Knowledge made flesh.
Responsibility: J.M. Balkin.

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In this book J.M. Balkin offers original theory of cultural evolution, a theory that explains shared understandings, disagreement, and diversity within cultures. Drawing on many fields of study - including anthropology, evolutionary theory, cognitive science, linguistics, sociology, political theory, philosophy, social psychology, and law - the author explores how cultures grow and spread, how shared understandings arise, and how people of different cultures can understand and evaluate each other's views. Balkin presents numerous examples that illuminate the sources of ideological effects and their contributions to injustice. He also enters the current debate over multiculturalism, applying his theory to problems of mutual understanding between people who hold different worldviews. He argues that cultural understanding presupposes transcendent ideals and shows how both ideological analysis of others and ideological self-criticism are possible.

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