Cultural science: A natural history of stories, demes, knowledge and innovation

Hartley, J and Potts, J 2014, Cultural science: A natural history of stories, demes, knowledge and innovation, Bloomsbury Academic, New York, United States.


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Title Cultural science: A natural history of stories, demes, knowledge and innovation
Author(s) Hartley, J
Potts, J
Year 2014
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Place of publication New York, United States
Subjects Cultural Theory
Economic Development and Growth
Ethology and Sociobiology
Summary Cultural Science introduces a new way of thinking about culture. Adopting an evolutionary and systems approach, the authors argue that culture is the population-wide source of newness and innovation; it faces the future, not the past. Its chief characteristic is the formation of groups or 'demes' (organised and productive subpopulation; 'demos'). Demes are the means for creating, distributing and growing knowledge. However, such groups are competitive and knowledge-systems are adversarial. Starting from a rereading of Darwinian evolutionary theory, the book utilises multidisciplinary resources: Raymond Williams's 'culture is ordinary' approach; evolutionary science (e.g. Mark Pagel and Herbert Gintis); semiotics (Yuri Lotman); and economic theory (from Schumpeter to McCloskey). - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/cultural-science-9781849666046/#sthash.TfHykv9R.dpuf
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