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Why cognitive anthropology needs to understand social interaction and its mediation

Webb Keane

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Must cognitive anthropology be mentalistic? Moving towards a relational ontology of social reality

Laurence Kaufmann and Fabrice Clément

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Enjoying an Emerging Alternative World

Ritual in Its Own Ludic Right

André Droogers

Ritual can be rehabilitated in its own right by emphasizing what it has in common with play: the ludic evocation of a simultaneous shadow reality. What is more, ritual can be understood as an enjoyable form of playing with realities. More than a solemn occasion, useful because of its social and cultural functions, ritual is a festive enactment of a counterreality. Connectionist ideas on the parallel processing of schemas and repertoires lend themselves for mapping the properties of ritual in its own ludic right. The human mind allows for a rapid comparison by the parallel—and not serial or sequential— processing of alternative schemas for thought, action, and emotion. An ethnographic illustration is taken from a boys’ initiation ritual among the Wagenia (Congo).

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Apprenticeship and Global Institutions

Learning Japanese Psychiatry

Joshua Breslau

How is the knowledge embedded in a global institution such as psychiatry integrated into taken-for-granted understandings and everyday medical practice in a non-Western setting such as Japan? How can ethnographic research address this question without simplifying institutional complexity and cross-cultural variations? This paper argues that the ethnography of apprenticeship can resolve these tensions between global and local sources of cultural knowledge. Recent work in cognitive anthropology and practice theory has demonstrated the value of examining apprenticeship as a window onto dynamics of institutional production and reproduction. As an ethnographic strategy, the study of apprenticeship makes the processes through which knowledge crosses cultural boundaries accessible to research. Drawing on two years of ethnographic research on the training of Japanese psychiatrists, I describe the institutional structure in which psychiatric knowledge becomes embedded in newly trained psychiatrists. This system, known as the ikyoku system, reproduces many characteristics of Japanese organizational patterns. Examining the details of this system offers additional insight into the particular way in which psychiatric knowledge becomes situated in contemporary Japanese society. The theory of apprenticeship, however, has a much broader potential for informing ethnographic research strategies for studying contemporary global institutions.

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Putting the Culture into Bioculturalism

A Naturalized Aesthetics and the Challenge of Modernism

Dominic Topp

viewers’ access to characters’ emotions, they have different aims in doing so (147–151). References Anderson , Eugene N. 2011 . “Emotions, Motivation, and Behavior in Cognitive Anthropology.” In A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology , ed. David B

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A Space of Belonging for Young Gay Men in Seoul

Elias Alexander

with while accessing Chong-ro but also to the importance of this locale in the lifeways of interlocutors. References Agar , Michael H. , and Jerry R. Hobbs . 1985 . “ How to Grow Schemata Out of Interviews .” In Directions in Cognitive

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Beyond debt and equity

Dissecting the red herring and a path forward for normative critiques of finance

Aaron Z. Pitluck

experienced users evaluate hybrid financial instruments? ” Journal of Accounting Research 54 ( 5 ): 1267 – 1295 . doi: 10.1111/1475-679X.12129 . D'Andrade , Roy G. 1995 . The development of cognitive anthropology . Cambridge : Cambridge

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A Theory of ‘Animal Borders’

Thoughts and Practices toward Non-human Animals among the G|ui Hunter-Gatherers

Kazuyoshi Sugawara

model and inferential structure developed in cognitive anthropology, its ultimate aim is to demonstrate that the G|ui mythical and magical imagination is fundamentally based on their corporeal or immediate experience of encountering the natural world

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Comparative Perspectives on Divination and Ontology

William Matthews

with Chinese Characteristics: Homology as a Mode of Identification .” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7 ( 1 ): 265 – 285 . Matthews , William . 2022 . Cosmic Coherence: A Cognitive Anthropology through Chinese Divination . New York

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Chinese Eight Signs Prediction

Ontology, Knowledge, and Computation

Stéphanie Homola

. 2021 . Cosmic Coherence. A Cognitive Anthropology Through Chinese Divination . New York : Berghahn Books . Ruli Jushi . 2003 . Ziwei dazhan Tanlang: Xiandai doushu yu shengya guihua [ Ziwei star vs. Tanlang star: Modern astrology and career