Human Agency and the Evolutionary Dynamics of Culture

@article{Dietz1992HumanAA,
  title={Human Agency and the Evolutionary Dynamics of Culture},
  author={Thomas Dietz and Tom R. Burns},
  journal={Acta Sociologica},
  year={1992},
  volume={35},
  pages={187 - 200}
}
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