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Explaining culture scientifically

Author: Melissa J Brown
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What exactly is culture? The authors of this volume suggest that the study of one of anthropology's central questions may be a route to developing a scientific paradigm for the field. The contributors - prominent scholars in anthropology, biology, and economics - approach culture from very different theoretical and methodological perspectives, through studies grounded in fieldwork, surveys, demography, and other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa J Brown
ISBN: 9780295987897 0295987898
OCLC Number: 183264991
Description: ix, 387 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction, Developing a scientific paradigm for understanding culture / Melissa J. Brown --
Some kinds of causal powers that make up culture / Roy D'Andrade --
Culture in evolution : toward an integration of chimpanzee and human cultures / Christophe Boesch --
Dissent with modification : cultural evolution and social niche construction / Marcus W. Feldman --
Cultural evolution : accomplishments and future prospects / Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd --
Conditions for the spread of culturally transmitted costly punishment of sib mating / Kenichi Aoki, Yasuo Ihara, and Marcus W. Feldman --
Sexually transmitted infections as biomarkers of cultural behavior / James Holland Jones --
When culture affects behavior : a new look at kuru / William H. Durham --
When culture does not affect behavior : the structural basis of ethnic identity / Melissa J. Brown --
Cultural species / Joseph Henrich --
Culture matters : inferences from comparative behavioral experiments and evolutionary models / Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis --
Cultural evolution and uxorilocal marriage in China : a second opinion / Arthur P. Wolf --
When theory is data : coming to terms with "culture" as a way of life / Gregory Starrett --
Studying "culture" scientifically as an oxymoron : the interesting question is why people don't accept this / Robert Borofsky --
Epilogue, Future considerations / Melissa J. Brown.
Responsibility: edited by Melissa J. Brown.
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What exactly is culture? This volume suggests that the study of one of anthropology's central questions may be a route to developing a scientific paradigm for the field. It approaches culture from  Read more...

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Space limitations have prevented me from discussing more than the highlights of the material found in this interesting and informative volume . . . -- Adam Gifford, Jr. * Journal of Bioeconomics *

 
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