Tradition as Truth and Communication
A Cognitive Description of Traditional Discourse
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Tradition as Truth and Communication by Pascal Boyer
Book DescriptionTradition is a central concept in the social sciences, but it is commonly treated as unproblematic. Dr Boyer insists that social anthropology requires a theory of tradition, its constitution and transmission. He treats tradition 'as a type of interaction which results in the repetition which results in the repetition of certain communicative events', and therefore as a form of social action. Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly with oral communication and focuses on the privileged role of licensed speakers and the ritual contexts in which certain aspects of tradition are characteristically transmitted. Drawing on cognitive psychology, Dr Boyer proposes a set of general hypotheses to be tested by ethnographic field research. He has opened up an important new field for investigation within social anthropology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521024662
(228mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pascal Boyer
Memory in Mind and Culture, Hardback (June 2009)
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Cognitive Aspects of Religious Symbolism, Paperback (October 2008)
In closely focused essays, a group of anthropologists debate the particular nature of religious concepts and categories.
Religion Explained, Paperback (November 2002)
Why are there religious beliefs in all cultures? Do they have features in common and why does religion persist in the face of science? This work shows how experimental findings in cognitive science, evolutionary biology and cultural anthropology are providing precise answers to these general questions.
Naturalness of Religious Ideas, Hardback (January 1994)» View all books by Pascal Boyer
The main theme of this treatise is that important aspects of religious representation are constrained by the human mind. The author uses experimental results from developmental psychology to explain why certain religious representations are acquired and stored in the brain.
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