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Social construction, evolution and cultural universals

Franks, Bradley (2014) Social construction, evolution and cultural universals. Culture and Psychology, 20 (3). pp. 416-439. ISSN 1354-067X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1354067X14542524


This paper discusses the connection between social constructionism and universals in the generation of mind. It proposes a new concept of Cultural Construction, distinct from social construction, and suggests that the latter succumbs to a Paradox of Sociality in which a socially constructed mind is non-social. Cultural construction avoids this paradox, and is best explained by an approach that roots learning in flexible evolutionary dispositions to possess culture. It also offers a novel perspective on traditional and more recent social constructionist accounts of psychological universals (e.g. omniculture) and has different implications for the prospects of reducing conflict in inter-cultural encounters.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:49

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