ADVANCES IN EVOLUTIONARY CULTURE THEORY

@article{Durham1990ADVANCESIE,
  title={ADVANCES IN EVOLUTIONARY CULTURE THEORY},
  author={W. H. Durham},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  year={1990},
  volume={19},
  pages={187-210}
}
  • W. H. Durham
  • Published 1990
  • Sociology
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
  • In this paper, I review recent attempts to formulate an evolutionary theory of cultural change. Historically, cultural evolution has had a bad name in anthropology, largely because the term has been used to describe unilineal schemes of social development and to promote the "biologicization" of the discipline. When defined and used appropriately, however, the term deserves a better fate. I argue that the conceptual systems we call cultures do evolve in the important, specific sense of "descent… CONTINUE READING
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