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Kultur und Kognition. Zur Kritik der mentalistischen Kulturkonzeption

Erwin H. Frank and Carmen Heß
Anthropos
Bd. 83, H. 4./6. (1988), pp. 511-526
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40463382
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Abstract

-In this essay the authors criticize the contemporarily prevalent understanding of the term and concept of culture as 'shared knowledge'. They focus on the analysis of the concrete, historic processes of the creation, inter-generational transformation, and application or loss of individual knowledge concerning mythology and birth control among the Uni-Indians of eastern Peru. The ethnographic evidence illustrates their argument that a purely mentalistic conception of culture is insufficient to grasp and describe the dynamics of ideology and knowledge within a society.

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