Cosmologies in the Making: A Generative Approach to Cultural by Fredrik Barth

By Fredrik Barth

In reading the alterations that experience taken position within the mystery cosmological lore transmitted in male initiation ceremonies one of the Mountain okay of internal New Guinea, this publication deals a brand new means of explaining how cultural switch happens. Professor Barth makes a speciality of accounting for the neighborhood diversifications in cosmological traditions that exist one of the okay humans, who another way proportion principally related cultures. Rejecting present anthropological conception as insufficient for explaining this, Professor Barth constructs a brand new version of the mechanisms of cultural swap, emphasizing the function that specific creativity performs in it, and holding that cosmologies will be accurately understood provided that they're considered as wisdom within the means of communique, instead of as fastened our bodies of trust.

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As a critique of currently dominant paradigms in anthropology, and a new generative approach to the study of culture, this book will appeal to anthropologists, sociologists concerned with the sociology of knowledge, specialists in comparative religion, Melanesianists, and other social scientists interested in theory and methodology in cultural studies. • The cover illustration shows first-degree novices - who must live in the forestgathered at the edge of the village to receive food from their mothers.

From the model he derives various theoretically grounded hypotheses regarding the probable courses of change that would be generated by such mechanisms. He then goes on to show that these hypotheses fit the actual patterns of variation that are found among the Ok. As a critique of currently dominant paradigms in anthropology, and a new generative approach to the study of culture, this book will appeal to anthropologists, sociologists concerned with the sociology of knowledge, specialists in comparative religion, Melanesianists, and other social scientists interested in theory and methodology in cultural studies.

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