Tag Archives: culture

The Culture Bandwagon

The fact that cultural allegiance is most vividly expressed not in ethical behaviour but aggressive parochialism suggests it has been instrumental in protecting human beings throughout their evolution. Culture became our species’ strategy for survival, easily the most potent trait … Continue reading

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Structure, Culture and Agency

This edited collection of papers seeks to celebrate the scope and accomplishment of Margaret Archer’s work, distilling her theoretical and empirical contributions into four sections, capturing the essence and trajectory of her work over almost four decades. Long fascinated with … Continue reading

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The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media

Book – Social media has come to deeply penetrate our lives: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and many other platforms define many of our daily habits of communication and creative production. The Culture of Connectivity studies the rise of social media in … Continue reading

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Evolution of Social Learning and the Origin of Human Cumulative Culture

Because culture requires transmission of information between individuals, thinking about the origin of culture has mainly focused on the genetic evolution of abilities for social learning. Current theory considers how social learning affects the adaptiveness of a single cultural trait, … Continue reading

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Anthropology as Theoretical Storytelling

Anthropologists are storytellers. We tell stories: other’s stories, our own stories, stories about other’s stories. But when I think about anthropology and storytelling, I think also of something else, of anthropology as theoretical storytelling. What is anthropology as theoretical storytelling? … Continue reading

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Culture and Experience matter in Children’s Reasoning about Biological Entities

This experiment considers young children’s construals of biological phenomena and the forces that shape them, using Carey’s category-based induction task that demonstrated anthropocentric reasoning in young urban children. Previous followup work questioning the generality of her results (including our own) … Continue reading

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Culture and Epistemologies: Putting Culture back into the Ecosystem

This chapter reviews a body of research on cultural differences in framework theories for engaging with nature, focusing primary on Indigenous American and European-American comparisons. Native-American samples reveal a pattern of converging observations that point to a relational epistemological orientation … Continue reading

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Culture in the Classroom

Culture is everywhere in our schools and classrooms, including in places where we least expect it. That influences everything about student learning, including how children see themselves in relation to nature. For educators, understanding that classrooms and the things in … Continue reading

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Cultures of Wellbeing – Method, Place, Policy

The authors challenge conventional psychological perspectives on happiness and subjective wellbeing, presenting an emergent, more socially grounded approach: relational well being. Addressing the growing interest in happiness and wellbeing in public policy and practice, this edited collection combines critical conceptual … Continue reading

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Culture, Genes, and the Human Revolution

Genetic evolution may have been driven by cultural innovations during the emergence of modern humans. State-of-the-art DNA sequencing is providing ever more detailed insights into the genomes of humans, extant apes, and even extinct hominins , offering unprecedented opportunities to … Continue reading

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