The Resource The native mind and the cultural construction of nature, Scott Atran and Douglas Medin

The native mind and the cultural construction of nature, Scott Atran and Douglas Medin

Label
The native mind and the cultural construction of nature
Title
The native mind and the cultural construction of nature
Statement of responsibility
Scott Atran and Douglas Medin
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Surveys show that our growing concern over protecting the environment is accompanied by a diminishing sense of human contact with nature. Many people have little commonsense knowledge about nature - are unable, for example, to identify local plants and trees or describe how these plants and animals interact. Researchers report dwindling knowledge of nature even in smaller, nonindustrialized societies. In The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature, Scott Atran and Douglas Medin trace the cognitive consequences of this loss of knowledge. Drawing on nearly two decades of cross-cultural and developmental research, they examine the relationship between how people think about the natural world and how they act on it and how these two phenomena are affected by cultural differences. These studies, which involve a series of targeted comparisons among cultural groups living in the same environment and engaged in the same activities, reveal critical universal aspects of mind as well as equally critical cultural differences. Atran and Medin find that, despite a base of universal processes, the cultural differences in understandings of nature are associated with significant differences in environmental decision making as well as intergroup conflict and stereotyping stemming from these differences. The book includes two intensive case studies, one focusing on agro-forestry among Maya Indians and Spanish speakers in Mexico and Guatemala and the other on resource conflict between Native-American and European-American fishermen in Wisconsin. The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature offers new perspectives on general theories of human categorization, reasoning, decision making, and cognitive development
Member of
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
306.4/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF311
LC item number
.A755 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Life and mind
Label
The native mind and the cultural construction of nature, Scott Atran and Douglas Medin
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-320) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Development of folkbiological cognition
  • 6.
  • Culture as a notional, not natural, kind
  • 7.
  • Folkecology and the spirit of the commons : garden experiments in mesoamerica
  • 8.
  • Cultural epidemiology
  • 9.
  • Mental models and intergroup conflict in North America
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Conclusions and projections
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Universals and devolution : general claims
  • 3.
  • Study populations, methods, and models
  • 4.
  • Devolution and relative expertise
Control code
ocn209058409
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 333 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435631748
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9786612099373
Other physical details
illustrations
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209937
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b25615907
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)209058409
  • pebcs0262134896
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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