1. A History of Cognitive Anthropology

  1. David B. Kronenfeld2,
  2. Giovanni Bennardo3,
  3. Victor C. de Munck4 and
  4. Michael D. Fischer5
  1. B. G. Blount

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444394931.ch1

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

How to Cite

Blount, B. G. (2011) A History of Cognitive Anthropology, in A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology (eds D. B. Kronenfeld, G. Bennardo, V. C. de Munck and M. D. Fischer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444394931.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, Riverside, USA

  2. 3

    Northern Illinois University, USA

  3. 4

    SUNY New Paltz, USA

  4. 5

    University of Kent, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187787

Online ISBN: 9781444394931



  • history of cognitive anthropology - nature and types of cultural knowledge structures;
  • cognitive anthropology, distinct area of inquiry - from the early 1960s;
  • cognitive anthropology, typically seen as - sub-fields of cultural anthropology;
  • cognitive from the outset - cognition, topic of inquiry in anthropology;
  • definition of culture - supporting research toward cognitive ends;
  • emergence of cognitive anthropology - one of change in linguistic sciences;
  • newer theoretical approach, 1960s - greater promise for studies of cognition;
  • Atran (1990) and others, people “carve nature at its joints” - superimposing perceptual system;
  • cultural model research - developed in several directions;
  • cognitive anthropology, significant advances - methodologically and theoretically


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A Brief History of the Culture Concept: Cognitive from the Outset

  • The Emergence of Cognitive Anthropology

  • Prototypes

  • Cultural Models

  • Current and Future Directions

  • References