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Human Motives and Cultural Models

Human Motives and Cultural Models

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Claudia Strauss, Roy G. D'Andrade, Richard A. Shweder, Dorothy C. Holland, Naomi Quinn, Holly F. Mathews, Sara Harkness, Charles M. Super, Constance H. Keefer, Catherine Lutz
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  • Date Published: May 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423380

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  • A full understanding of human action requires an understanding of what motivates people to do what they do. For too many years studies of motivation have drawn from different theoretical paradigms. Typically, human motivation has been modeled on animal behavior, while culture has been described as pure knowledge or symbol. The result has been insufficient appreciation of the role of culture in human motivation and a truncated view of culture as disembodied knowledge. The anthropologists in this volume have attempted a different approach, seeking to integrate knowledge, desire, and action into a single explanatory framework. This research builds on recent work in cognitive anthropology on cultural models.

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    'This useful, at times exciting, collection revives the integrationist vision of culture of Weber, Benedict and geertz …' David Lipset, Current Anthropology

    ' … a major contribution to psychological anthropology … sure to be a significant reference point for anthropological theory for some time to come.' American Anthropologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423380
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Models and motives Claudia Strauss
    Part I. Cultural Models as Motives:
    2. Schemas and motivation Roy G. D'Andrade
    3. Ghost busters in anthropology Richard A. Shweder
    Part II. How Do Cultural Models Become Motives?:
    4. How cultural systems become desire: a case study of American romance Dorothy C. Holland
    5. The motivational force of self-understanding: evidence from wives' inner conflicts Naomi Quinn
    6. The directive force of morality tales in a Mexican community Holly F. Mathews
    7. Learning to be an American parent: how cultural models gain directive force Sara Harkness, Charles M. Super and Constance H. Keefer
    Part III. Cultural Models as Motives Reconsidered:
    8. Motivated models Catherine Lutz
    9. What makes Tony run? Schemas as motives reconsidered Claudia Strauss
    10. Afterword Roy G. D'Andrade

  • Editors

    Roy G. D'Andrade, University of California, San Diego

    Claudia Strauss, Pitzer College, Claremont


    Claudia Strauss, Roy G. D'Andrade, Richard A. Shweder, Dorothy C. Holland, Naomi Quinn, Holly F. Mathews, Sara Harkness, Charles M. Super, Constance H. Keefer, Catherine Lutz

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