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The Evolution of Cultural Entities$
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Michael Wheeler, John Ziman, and Margaret A. Boden

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262627

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262627.001.0001

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An Integrating Scaffold: Toward an Autonomy-Theoretic Modelling of Cultural Change

An Integrating Scaffold: Toward an Autonomy-Theoretic Modelling of Cultural Change

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(p.67) An Integrating Scaffold: Toward an Autonomy-Theoretic Modelling of Cultural Change
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The Evolution of Cultural Entities
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C. A. Hooker

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262627.003.0005

This chapter explores the dynamics of cultural change by presenting a dynamical analysis of biological organisation. In order to understand cultural change, it argues that the focus should be on highly interactive and plastic, highly organised processes and concomitant states that constitute culture. It also suggests that the interactive complex of cultural features such as clothing must be placed in their organismic, communal and ecological settings. The chapter begins by considering T. S. Eliot's conception of culture before discussing how culture is shaped by individuals and vice versa, along with its adaptive function. It also outlines some fundamental relationships for the construction of useful models for acculturated interaction that emphasise autonomy and collective cultural dynamics.

Keywords:   cultural change, biological organisation, culture, clothing, T. S. Eliot, adaptive function, acculturated interaction, autonomy, cultural dynamics

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