What are cultural attractors?
Biology & Philosophy
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Buskell, A. (2017). What are cultural attractors?. Biology & Philosophy https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-017-9570-6
Concepts from cultural attractor theory are now used in domains far from their original home in anthropology and cultural evolution. Yet these concepts have not been consistently characterised. I here distinguish four ways in which the cultural attractor concept has been used and identify three kinds of factors of attraction typically appealed to. Clarifying these explanatory concepts identifies problems and ambiguities in the work of cultural epidemiologists and commentators alike.
cultural evolution, cultural epidemiology, cultural attractor theory
The research leading to this paper was supported by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 284123.
European Research Council (284123)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-017-9570-6
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264499