Understanding Cultural Traits

A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity

Editors: Panebianco, Fabrizio, Serrelli, Emanuele (Eds.)

  • Offers a gateway to a fundamental concept, the basis for understanding culture
  • Is an exercise in thinking across boundaries
  • Shows great potential for public policy and intercultural research.  
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This volume constitutes a first step towards an ever-deferred interdisciplinary dialogue on cultural traits. It offers a way to enter a representative sample of the intellectual diversity that surrounds this topic, and a means to stimulate innovative avenues of research. It stimulates critical thinking and awareness in the disciplines that need to conceptualize and study culture, cultural traits, and cultural diversity.   Culture is often defined and studied with an emphasis on cultural features. For UNESCO, “culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group”. But the very possibility of assuming the existence of cultural traits is not granted, and any serious evaluation of the notion of “cultural trait” requires the interrogation of several disciplines from cultural anthropology to linguistics, from psychology to sociology to musicology, and all areas of knowledge on culture. This book presents a strong multidisciplinary perspective that can help clarify the problems about cultural traits.

About the authors

Emanuele Serrelli is a philosopher of science interested in interdisciplinarity within and across the natural and social sciences. He works with several Italian universities. He was visiting scholar at the University of Utah, and visiting fellow at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science, at the Lisbon Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab, and at NESCent National Center for Evolutionary Synthesis, Durham, NC. As a member of the scientific board of CISEPS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, he leads the “Cultural Evolution” research program. As a philosopher of biology, he is trained in evolutionary theory, where he also studies interdisciplinarity and modeling. Fabrizio Panebianco is an economist working on the economics of cultural transmission and on the role played, in this process, by the network of social interactions. He fosters a highly interdisciplinary research agenda merging different evolutionary approaches. He worked in several italian and european universities and now works in Bocconi University. He is member of the scientific board of CISEPS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences, University of Milano Bicocca, and worked in the “Cultural Evolution” research program.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Cultural Traits and Multidisciplinary Dialogue

    Panebianco, Fabrizio (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Understanding Cultural Diversity. Culture, Cultural Traits and Cultural Changes Between Global and Local Scales

    Matera, Vincenzo

    Pages 21-42

  • Cultural Traits and Identity

    Fabietti, Ugo E. M.

    Pages 43-59

  • The Diffusion of a Museum Exhibit: The Case of the Transparent Man

    Canadelli, Elena

    Pages 61-80

  • The ‘Incompetent Subject’ in the Kingdom of Technical Terms. A Possible Role of Pedagogy in the Study of Cultural Traits

    Brambilla, Rossana

    Pages 81-100

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-24347-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Cultural Traits
Book Subtitle
A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity
Editors
  • Fabrizio Panebianco
  • Emanuele Serrelli
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24349-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24349-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-24347-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 410
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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