A Cognitive Theory of Cultural Meaning by Claudia Strauss

By Claudia Strauss

"Culture" and "meaning" are critical to anthropology, yet anthropologists don't agree on what they're. Claudia Strauss and Naomi Quinn suggest a brand new thought of cultural that means, one who provides precedence to the best way people's reviews are internalized. Drawing on "connectionist" or "neural community" types in addition to different mental theories, they argue that cultural meanings usually are not mounted or restricted to static teams, yet neither are they regularly revised or contested. Their strategy is illustrated through unique learn on understandings of marriage and ideas of good fortune within the usa.

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But the ‘persecutory’ conception of misfortune corresponding to this type of interpretation (when someone falls ill or dies, someone else must necessarily be the cause), while most spectacularly expressed in those human groups in which the individual is closely, substantively and structurally integrated with the collective, is only one of the modalities through which human societies in general try to account for events by fitting them into a logical and chronological succession. The past is never wholly occluded either on the individual or the collective level.

No one can deny that he thus broke with all his predecessors, opened a new perspective and invented a language. We still need to understand, however, why this old rupture seems so close to us today. A rereading of Madame Bovary may help. Madame Bovary is a banal story whose very banality made it a sensation: two adulteries and a suicide, the story of a woman, unsatisfied in every sense, who after seeking intense sensations in literature, religious imagery and amorous transgression, can only escape from her surroundings in death.

That what he was really describing is more the truth of a moment than a place? It is possible, in fact, to retain that hypothesis, and at the same time point out that there is an ethnological or anthropological tendency in Flaubert, since it is around a singular (albeit fictional) experience that he has drawn his prototype portrait. The author of Madame Bovary has the sensibility of an ethnologist divided between participation and distance. We know that in the Orient he liked to dress and live in the indigenous manner.

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