Preliminaries to a Theory of Culture Acquisition

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Book Chapter


Anthropology (Pitzer)

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Culture, Culture acquisition, Cognitive development, Schema (Psychology)


This chapter attempts to show that the process of culture acquisition is much more complex and problematic than that of language acquisition or some other sorts of learning. By culture acquisition we mean the acquisition of cultural models, which are learned, shared schemata. We, the authors, use pilot interviews conducted with three U.S. children on the topic of marriage to inform and illustrate our arguments.


Please note that this work is Chapter 11 of Cognition: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, edited by Herbert L. Pick, Paulus Van Den Broek, and David C. Knill. ISBN: 9781557981653

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© 1992 American Psychological Association