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Cultural Selection

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Agner Fog
    Pages 9-12
  3. Agner Fog
    Pages 83-109
  4. Agner Fog
    Pages 110-135
  5. Agner Fog
    Pages 136-138
  6. Agner Fog
    Pages 143-155
  7. Agner Fog
    Pages 156-168
  8. Agner Fog
    Pages 169-188
  9. Art
    Agner Fog
    Pages 189-221
  10. Agner Fog
    Pages 222-234
  11. Agner Fog
    Pages 235-250
  12. Agner Fog
    Pages 251-260
  13. Agner Fog
    Pages 261-270
  14. Agner Fog
    Pages 271-307
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 308-322

About this book


1. INTRODUCTION This book describes a new interdisciplinary theory for explaining cultural change. In contrast to traditional evolutionist theories, the present theory stresses the fact that a culture can evolve in different directions depending on its life conditions. Cultural selection theory explains why certain cultures or cultural ele­ ments spread, possibly at the expense of other cultures or cultural elements which then disappear. Cultural elements include social structure, traditions, religion, rituals, art, norms, morals, ideologies, ideas, inventions, knowledge, technology, etc. This theory is inspired by Charles Darwin's idea of natural selection, because cultural elements are seen as analogous to genes in the sense that they may be reproduced from generation to generation and they may undergo change. A culture may evolve because certain cultural elements are more likely to spread and be reproduced than others, analogously to a species evolving because individuals possessing certain traits are more fit than others to reproduce and transmit these traits to their offspring.


anthropology behavior development ethics politics

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