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Cultural Models: Genesis, Methods, and Experiences

Giovanni Bennardo and Victor de Munck


Cultural models are defined as molar organizations of knowledge. Their internal structure consists of a core component and peripheral nodes that are filled by default values. These values are instantiated, that is changed to specific values or left at their default values, when the individual experiences events of any type. Thus, the possibility arises for recognizing and categorizing events as representative of the same cultural model even if they slightly differ in each of their specific occurrences. Cultural models play an important role in the generation of the individual’s be ... More

Keywords: cognitive anthropology, culture in mind, cultural models, methodology, typology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199908042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199908042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanni Bennardo, author
Department of Anthropology and Cognitive Studies Initiative, Northern Illinois University

Victor de Munck, author
Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at New Paltz