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Mind, Body and Culture : Anthropology and the Biological Interface - Geoffrey Samuel

Mind, Body and Culture

Anthropology and the Biological Interface

Hardcover Published: 29th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521374118
Number Of Pages: 208

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Concerned with the aspects of human behaviour which have been traditionally described as cultural or social, the author draws on his background in physics to suggest a scientific approach involving a reconceptualization of many of our assumed concepts. Are culture, society and similar concepts from anthropology and sociology of any real use in making sense of human social life? How can we understand the relationship between the social group and the individual human beings, with their self-awareness and sense of personal identity, who make it up? Drawing on his background in physics, Dr Samuel suggests a scientific approach involving a reconceptualization of many of the concepts we take for granted. The multimodal framework, or MMF, derives from this approach. It incorporates many of the insights of social and cultural anthropology, particularly the work of Gregory Bateson and Victor Turner, as well as being influenced by recent developments in the philosophy of science and related fields. Finally, the book considers some of the implications of the MMF for biological approaches, and focuses on questions of brain structure and on evolutionary explanations for human social behaviour.

Preface
New paradigms and modal states
A natural science of society
Starting points I
Starting points II
Interpreting the flow
The multimodal framework
The Ndembu modal state repertoire
Sociocentric modal states
Shamanic mechanisms
The growth of the clerical approach
Technical and trandformational mechanisms
Mind, body and culture
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521374118
ISBN-10: 0521374111
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 29th June 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48