Category Archives: Cultural practices

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently

A few years back, a brilliant student from China began to work with me on questions of social psychology and reasoning. One day early in our acquaintance, he said, “You know, the difference between you and me is that I … Continue reading

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The origins of Cultural Cognition – Understanding and Sharing Intention

We propose that the crucial difference between human cognition and that of other species is the ability to participate with others in collaborative activities with shared goals and intentions: shared intentionality. Participation in such activities requires not only especially powerful … Continue reading

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Change in Society can arise only from Cultural Change

Change in society can arise only from cultural change. Literature and Literary Studies represent subsystems within a more comprehensive cultural system in which all patterns of experience and processing of reality are generated, maintained and transformed. Cultural and social transformation … Continue reading

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The Cultural Nature of Human Development

Three-year-old Kwara’ae children in Oceania act as caregivers of their younger siblings, but in the UK, it is an offense to leave a child under age 14 years without adult supervision. In the Efe community in Zaire, infants routinely use … Continue reading

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Learning in Cultural Context – Family, Peers and School

This book is the product of a series of workshops, focused on sociocultural theory and its applications to learning. The workshops focused primarily on three related questions of shared interest: What are the best conditions for learning? How can we … Continue reading

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The Culture Bandwagon

The fact that cultural allegiance is most vividly expressed not in ethical behaviour but aggressive parochialism suggests it has been instrumental in protecting human beings throughout their evolution. Culture became our species’ strategy for survival, easily the most potent trait … Continue reading

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