Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach
November 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
1. How to be a True Materialist in Anthropology.
2. Interpreting and Explaining Cultural Representations.
3. Anthropology and Psychology: Towards an Epidemiology of Representations.
4. The Epidemiology of Beliefs.
5. Selection and Attraction in Cultural Evolution.
6. Mental Modularity and Cultural Diversity.
Conclusion: What is at Stake?.
"Apart from its wealth of insight, cogent arguments, apposite
illustrations, and lucid and entertaining prose, Explaining
Culture also offers a glimpse of what cultural study might be:
rather than foreclosing possibilities on the strength of received
wisdom or a selective interdisciplinary which rules out so much
interesting thinking, it makes its own start on the formulation of
fresh, apparently basic but at the same time far-reaching research
questions. Alan Durant
"Sperber emphasizes macro-and micro-processes of distribution
that make cultural transformation and individual development
possible and most simply processes of replication. Sperber offers
the beginnings of a naturalistic theory of both culture and
religion that will interest students and scholars alike." Susan
Henking, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva
"Explaining Culture is a good read. It is full of interesting suggestions on a wide range of anthropological and psychological issues." Kim Sterelny, Music and Letters, Vol 110, July 2001.