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Concepts and culture

Norbert Ross and Michael Tidwell

in The Making of Human Concepts

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199549221
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191724152 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.003.07
Concepts and culture

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This chapter makes two main points. First, concepts and categories are fundamental to understanding culture and cultural change. Second, understanding cognition as an embodied or situated process (as occurring within the context of sociocultural processes) is necessary to improve our understanding of the role of concepts and categories in human cognition. It is argued that being embedded and developed in a specific cultural context is what makes human concepts unique. The chapter begins by examining the definitions of culture, categories, and concepts.

Keywords: culture; categories; concepts; cultural change; cognition

Chapter.  9270 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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