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Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution

Stephen Shennan (Hrsg.)

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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This volume offers an integrative approach to the application of evolutionary theory in studies of cultural transmission and social evolution and reveals the enormous range of ways in which Darwinian ideas can lead to productive empirical research, the touchstone of any worthwhile theoretical perspective. While many recent works on cultural evolution adopt a specific theoretical framework, such as dual inheritance theory or human behavioral ecology, Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution emphasizes empirical analysis and includes authors who employ a range of backgrounds and methods to address aspects of culture from an evolutionary perspective. Editor Stephen Shennan has assembled archaeologists, evolutionary theorists, and ethnographers, whose essays cover a broad range of time periods, localities, cultural groups, and artifacts.

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innovation, world culture, cultural groups, empirical analysis, evolutionary theorists, human patterns, essays, human behavior, human condition, darwinian ideas, behavior science, evolutionary theory, dual inheritance theory, engaging, cultural transmission, essay collection, theoretical perspective, modern culture, archaeologists, anthropology, ethnographers, artifacts, international, time periods, evolution, charles darwin, human processes, nonfiction, cultural evolution, scholarly, academic, retrospective