Formal Methods of Cultural Analysis

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Our focus is on methods of cultural analysis, and specifically on those methods that are formal in the sense that they rely upon the purposeful gathering (or simulating) of cultural data and a systematic analysis that involves at least some mathematically based technique. The meaning of culture is more complex, as scholars have understood cultural phenomena in very different ways across the decades and across the disciplines. These different goals in cultural analysis give rise to different types or styles of formal methods of cultural analysis. We briefly review the history of these methods in the social sciences and conclude with a description of some of the main arenas within which formal methods of cultural analysis are being deployed and actively developed today.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mohr, JW; Rawlings, C

Published Date

  • March 26, 2015

Book Title

  • International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition

Start / End Page

  • 357 - 367

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780080970868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.10428-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus