A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning by Claudia Strauss

By Claudia Strauss

"Culture" and "meaning" are valuable to anthropology, yet anthropologists don't agree on what they're. Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn suggest a brand new idea of cultural which means, one who offers precedence to the best way people's stories are internalized. Drawing on "connectionist" or "neural community" types in addition to different mental theories, they argue that cultural meanings aren't fastened or constrained to static teams, yet neither are they consistently revised or contested. Their strategy is illustrated through unique examine on understandings of marriage and concepts of good fortune within the usa.

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Lehman College in the Bronx and doctoral students at the Graduate Center. This move was prompted by a change in my personal life: my marriage to Sydel Silverman, who became my life partner, editor, and anthropological counselor. At the same time, returning to the City University was fulfilling for me as a lifelong champion of free public education. The CUNY years brought me an important new circle of colleagues in New York City, who shared a commitment to anthropology both as a comprehensive scientific and humanistic discipline and as a critical tool with which to address social concerns.

It best demonstrates how he translated the linguistic criterion of impersonality into the anthropological concept of superorganic. This was, however, only half the story, for Kroeber combined his superorganic nonindividualistic and structuralist conception of culture with further parallels drawn from linguistics, laced this time with methodological injunctions derived from the neo-Kantian philosophical repertoire. The first of these was a conception of anthropology as “doing history,” because linguistics, as he saw it, was “spontaneously historical, and potentially historical even for languages whose past has been lost” (1952 [1947]: 107).

2 Kroeber Revisited This paper is based on a lecture devoted to a reconsideration of the work of Alfred L. Kroeber, long the doyen of American anthropology. It was offered as part of a cycle of presentations on major figures in anthropology held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York during 1976. ” A nationwide mobilization against this move defeated the plan, and anthropology was confirmed in its rightful place among the offerings of that stalwart, yet continually embattled, institution.

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