TITLE

CULTURAL UNITS IN CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH

AUTHOR(S)
de Munck, Victor; Korotayev, Andrey
PUB. DATE
September 2000
SOURCE
Ethnology;Fall2000, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p335
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In 1889, Galton argued that often traits diffuse across cultures and therefore we could never really know if cultural traits arose independently as adaptive responses or were a result of diffusion. With numerous hypothetical and actual examples we show that, statistically, there are no mechanical fixes to this problem. We conclude by asserting that each cross-cultural research question should find its own solution to Galton's problem and that, in fact, this is not a problem at all, but rather an asset which can be used to trace historical networks. (Galton's problem, cultural units, community, language, megacultural regions, Standard Cross-Cultural Sample)
ACCESSION #
4204940

 

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