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Author Bloch, Maurice.

Title Anthropology and the cognitive challenge / Maurice Bloch
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series New departures in anthropology
New departures in anthropology.
Contents Cover; ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE COGNITIVE CHALLENGE; Series; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; One: Why anthropologists cannot avoid cognitive issues and what they gain from these; The negative side of the book; The constructive side of the book; Two: Innateness and social scientists fears; Does acknowledging a genetic factor in cognition imply racist or sexist beliefs?; The significance of cultural knowledge for human beings; Three: How anthropology abandoned a naturalist epistemology: a cognitive perspective on the history of anthropology
Summary In this provocative new study one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists proposes that an understanding of cognitive science enriches, rather than threatens, the work of social scientists. Maurice Bloch argues for a naturalist approach to social and cultural anthropology, introducing developments in cognitive sciences such as psychology and neurology and exploring the relevance of these developments for central anthropological concerns: the person or the self, cosmology, kinship, memory and globalisation. Opening with an exploration of the history of anthropology, Bloch shows why and how naturalist approaches were abandoned and argues that these once valid reasons are no longer relevant. Bloch then shows how such subjects as the self, memory and the conceptualisation of time benefit from being simultaneously approached with the tools of social and cognitive science. Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge will stimulate fresh debate among scholars and students across a wide range of disciplines
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Anthropology.
Cognition and culture.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139020005 (electronic bk.)
1139514873 (electronic bk.)
1139518372 (electronic bk.)
9781139020008 (electronic bk.)
9781139514873 (electronic bk.)
9781139518376 (electronic bk.)