How We Think They Think: Anthropological Approaches To Cognition, Memory, And Literacy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

How We Think They Think

Anthropological Approaches To Cognition, Memory, And Literacy, 1st Edition

By Maurice E F Bloch


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These essays by one of anthropology's most original theorists consider such fundamental questions as: Is cognition language-based? How reliable a guide to memory are people's narratives about themselves? What connects the ?social recalling? studied by anthropologists to the ?autobiographical memory? studied by psychologists? Now gathered in accessi

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction -- Cognition -- Language, Anthropology and Cognitive Science -- What Goes Without Saying: The Conceptualization of Zafimaniry Society -- Cognition and Ethnography -- Domain-Specificity, Living Kinds and Symbolism -- Part 2 Memory -- Internal and External Memory: Different Ways of Being in History -- The Resurrection of the House Amongst the Zafimaniry of Madagascar -- Time, Narratives and the Multiplicity of Representations of the Past -- Autobiographical Memory and the Historical Memory of the More Distant Past -- Part 3 Literacy -- Astrology and Writing in Madagascar -- Literacy and Enlightenment -- The Uses of Schooling and Literacy in a Zafimaniry Village 1 -- Why do Malagasy Cows Speak French?

About the Author

Maurice E.F. Bloch is professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General