The need for systematic ethnopsychology: The ontological status of mentalistic terminology

  title={The need for systematic ethnopsychology: The ontological status of mentalistic terminology},
  author={Robert Turner},
  journal={Anthropological Theory},
  pages={29 - 42}
  • R. Turner
  • Published 1 March 2012
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  • Anthropological Theory
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