Bridging sociology with anthropology and cognitive science perspectives to assess shared cultural knowledge

stmm. 2020 (1): 108-118

UDC 316.72+141.319.8+165.194


Kateryna Maltseva - Candidate of Sciences in Philosophy (2003), PhD in Anthropology (2010); Associate Professor at the Sociology Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”(Kyiv).

ORCID 0000-0001-6540-8734

Abstract. Following the cognitive revolution of the 1960s, cultural variation in behavior and knowledge has been a long-standing subject in social sciences. The “cognitive turn” in sociology brought to light many interesting issues and complex questions. The present publication addresses both theoretical and — to some extent — methodological challenges faced by the sociologists engaged in researching shared cultural variation within the culture-and-cognition research agenda, and compares it with the status quo in cousin social sciences that share the same cognitive perspective on culture. I specifically focus on the conceptual junctures that follow from the assumptions of shared cultural knowledge and intersubjectively shared cultural worldviews to highlight the important features of culture which can be effectively used for quantitative assessment of complex cultural processes. While I discuss various aspects of the findings and failings attributable to the culture-and-cognition research direction, my principal concern centers on encouraging more enhanced and sensitized interdisciplinary communication, as well as maximized intersections between cognitively oriented studies of culture in different social sciences, to bring the sociological studies of culture and cognition to full fruition.

Keywords: culture, intersubjectivity, culture consensus model, Antone Kimball Romney, ethnographic methods, research design.

Publication in: eng


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