Anthropology in Cognitive Science
Article first published online: 8 MAR 2010
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Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 374–385, July 2010
How to Cite
Bender, A., Hutchins, E. and Medin, D. (2010), Anthropology in Cognitive Science. Topics in Cognitive Science, 2: 374–385. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2010.01082.x
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 8 MAR 2010
- Received 3 March 2009; received in revised form 24 July 2009; accepted 17 August 2009
- Field studies
This paper reviews the uneven history of the relationship between Anthropology and Cognitive Science over the past 30 years, from its promising beginnings, followed by a period of disaffection, on up to the current context, which may lay the groundwork for reconsidering what Anthropology and (the rest of) Cognitive Science have to offer each other. We think that this history has important lessons to teach and has implications for contemporary efforts to restore Anthropology to its proper place within Cognitive Science. The recent upsurge of interest in the ways that thought may shape and be shaped by action, gesture, cultural experience, and language sets the stage for, but so far has not fully accomplished, the inclusion of Anthropology as an equal partner.