Culture and Epistemologies: Putting Culture Back Into the Ecosystem

Douglas L Medin, Bethany Ojalehto, Ananda Marin, Megan Bang

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This chapter reviews a body of research on cultural differences in framework theories for engaging with nature, focusing primarily on Indigenous American and European American comparisons. Native American samples reveal a pattern of converging observations that point to a relational epistemological orientation and a propensity for systems level thinking. In contrast, Non-Native samples show observations suggesting that humans are conceptualized as more psychologically distant from the rest of nature. Correlated with distance is a tendency for a taxonomic rather than an ecological orientation. It also suggests that the way that researchers think about and study cult
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Culture and Psychology
EditorsYing-yi Hong, Michele J Gelfand, Chi-yue Chiu
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages41
ISBN (Print)9780199336715
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Culture and Psychology


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