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Introduction

in Imaginative Horizons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226118734
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226118758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226118758.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter is dedicated to the German anthropologist and second director of the institute, Adolph Jensen, whose work is little known in the United States. Jensen's concern for cultural history, especially for the development and function of myth and ritual, had led him to the problem of cultural creativity—a problem that American anthropologists, with the possible exception of Alfred Kroeber, have tended to avoid. Today's anthropologists have been less concerned with imaginative processes than with the product of the imagination. This chapter also concern with openness and closure, with the way in which one constructs, wittingly or unwittingly, horizons that determine what one experiences and how it is interpreted what is experienced. The scientific approaches to society, culture, and the psyche, should meet appropriate epistemological and methodological standards. It explores the ways in which people regulate and evaluate their associations with one another at both communal and intimate levels of life.

Keywords: German anthropologist; cultural creativity; society; communal; horizons

Chapter.  5219 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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