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Tradition as Truth and Communication: A Cognitive Description of Traditional Discourse (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) Paperback – 16 Mar 2006


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Tradition as Truth and Communication deals particularly with oral communication and focuses on the privileged role of licensed speakers and the ritual contexts in which certain aspects of tradition are characteristically transmitted. Drawing on cognitive psychology, Dr Boyer proposes a set of general hypotheses to be tested by ethnographic field research.

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The 'traditional' cultural phenomena concerned here can be briefly characterised by the following features: (i) they are instances of social interaction: (ii) they are repeated; (iii) they are psychologically salient. Read the first page
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