A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

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A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

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A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology offers a comprehensiveoverview of the development of cognitive anthropology from itsinception to the present day and presents recent findings in theareas of theory, methodology, and field research in twenty-nine keyessays by leading scholars.

  • Demonstrates the importance of cognitive anthropology as anearly constituent of the cognitive sciences
  •   Examines how culturally shared and complex cognitivesystems work, how they are structured, how they differ from oneculture to another, how they are learned and passed on
  • Explains how cultural (or collective) vs. individual knowledgedistinguishes cognitive anthropology from cognitive psychology
  • Examines recent theories and methods for studying cognition inreal-world scenarios
  • Contains twenty-nine key essays by leading names in thefield

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This new companion traces the development of cognitive anthropology from its beginnings in the late 1950s to the present, and evaluates future directions of research in the field. In twenty-nine articles from leading anthropologists, there is an overview of cognitive and cultural structures, insights into how cognition works in everyday life and interacts with culture, and examples of contemporary research. The companion is essential for anyone interested in the questions of how culture shapes cognitive processes.

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David B. Kronenfeld is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology atUniversity of California, Riverside and is the author of numerousbooks, including Culture, Society, and Cognition: CollectiveGoals, Values, Action, and Knowledge (2008).

Giovanni Bennardo is Associate Professor at NorthernIllinois University. He is the author of three books, most recentlyLanguage, Space, and Social Relationships: A FoundationalCultural Model in Polynesia (2009).

Michael D. Fischer is Professor of AnthropologicalSciences at the University of Kent and has written Applicationsin Computing for Social Anthropologists (1994).

Victor de Munck is Associate Professor of Anthropology atState University New York, New Paltz, and is the author of numerouspublications, including Research Design and Methods for StudyingCultures (2009).

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