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Archeology and the Study of Material Culture: Synergies With Cultural Psychology

Alfredo González-Ruibal

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396430.013.0008

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Archeology and the Study of Material Culture: Synergies With Cultural Psychology

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Human cognition does not rest upon individual minds alone but is distributed across persons, things, and time. Archeology, the discipline of things par excellence, has much to offer to researchers interested in cognitive processes. The material world is crucial in processes of enculturation and cultural transmission, in shaping daily experience and perceptions, and in orienting action. In this chapter, the concept of material culture is examined as it is commonly understood today in archeology and material culture studies. Furthermore, the diverse roles of material culture in relation to cognition are explored through specific examples from prehistoric, historic, and contemporary societies.

Keywords: material culture; material agency; distributed cognition; built environment; enculturation; archeological theory

Article.  21877 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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