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Anthropology of knowledge.

Chapter in book
Authors Carl Martin Allwood
Published in In K. Keith (Ed.), The encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology.
Pages (pp. 69–72)
ISBN 9780470671269
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of publication Chichester, UK
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages (pp. 69–72)
Language en
Keywords anthropology of knowledge, meaning, culture, collective memory, institutionalization
Subject categories Psychology, Other Social Sciences, Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified


The anthropology of knowledge (AoK) is a multi-disciplinary research orientation that deals with reproduction and change of human understanding in different types of social and cultural contexts. AoK sees understanding as located in a broad social naturalistic context and all types of understanding are studied: Western, non-Western, scientific, religious, and everyday. This is in contrast to much of the sociology of knowledge or science studies where mainly scientific or at least Western understanding is focused. Central disciplines in the AoK are social anthropology, psychology, and the cross-disciplinary research area of cognitive science. This text further describes the Anthropology of knowledge partly from the perspective of a specific concept of meaning that finds its intellectual neigbours in primarily in cognitive science but also in e.g., Gadamer's hermeneutics

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