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- DescriptionSimple Lives, Cultural Complexity explores how people manage to live relatively simple lives while remaining seemingly unaware of the cultural complexity they produce while doing so. Using complexity theory, the book reconceptualizes culture as a complex dynamic system called cultural complexity, and argues that cultural complexity arises from persistent interactions among people and groups who act according to simple rules. The order produced is different from, and t reducible to, the interactions that created it. People only need simple rules of engagement in order to cope with their surroundings: rules that can be enacted through all kinds of strategies, and that together produce very complex emergent properties. Bergendorff argues that people do t need to kw their entire cultural order and its formal logics to cope with everyday life. They do t need to be enculturated; they only need to be enskilled to act in everyday situations. Theoretically dense and rich, this book offers an invative perspective on the concept of culture and the many ways that it is deployed and understood by its bearers.
- Author BiographySteen Bergendorff is associate professor in the department of society and globalization at Roskilde University.
- Author(s)Steen Bergendorff
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication29/10/2009
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, figures
- Weight467 g
- Width161 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine21 mm
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