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Rediscovering Literacy
"I used to think that the terseness of written language through most of history was mostly a result of the high cost and low reliability of writing technologies in pre-modern times. I now think these were secondary issues. I have come to believe that the very word literacy meant something entirely different before around 1890, when print technology became cheap enough to sustain a written form of mass media."
history  literacy  oral  culture  transmission  diffusion  sophistication  language  thinking  from instapaper
may 2012 by tsuomela
Note Taking as an Art of Transmission
"The Arts of Transmission" is an interdisciplinary conference that will take place at the University of Chicago on 21-22 May 2004, in conjunction with a special issue of Critical Inquiry. The event calls together experts from a range of disciplines-- literature, sociology
humanities  history  transmission  knowledge  communication  research 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Economics of Cultural Transmission and Socialization
Cultural transmission arguably plays an important role in the determination of many fundamental preference traits (e.g., discounting, risk aversion and altruism) and most cultural traits, social norms, and ideological tenets ( e.g., attitudes towards family and fertility practices, and attitudes in the job market). It is, however, the pervasive evidence of the resilience of ethnic and religious traits across generations that motivates a large fraction of the theoretical and empirical literature on cultural transmission. This article reviews the main contributions of models of cultural transmission, from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It presents their implications regarding the long-run population dynamics of cultural traits and cultural heterogeneity, the world's geographical fragmentation by ethic and religious traits, at any given time.
culture  transmission  economics  anthropology 
november 2010 by tsuomela

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