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Understanding Cultural Traits: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity, Edited by Fabrizio Panebianco and Emanuele Serrelli.

A most needed book on cultural traits

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This volume constitutes a first step towards an ever-deferred interdisciplinary dialogue on cultural traits. It offers a way to enter a representative sample of the intellectual diversity that surrounds this topic, and a means to stimulate innovative avenues of research. It stimulates critical thinking and awareness in the disciplines that need to conceptualize and study culture, cultural traits, and cultural diversity.   Culture is often defined and studied with an emphasis on cultural features. For UNESCO, “culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group”. But the very possibility of assuming the existence of cultural traits is not granted, and any serious evaluation of the notion of “cultural trait” requires the interrogation of several disciplines from cultural anthropology to linguistics, from psychology to sociology to musicology, and all areas of knowledge on culture. This book presents a strong multidisciplinary perspective that can help clarify the problems about cultural traits.

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Table of contents

1 Cultural Traits and Multidisciplinary Dialogue
Fabrizio Panebianco and Emanuele Serrelli
(see page)

2  Understanding Cultural Diversity. Culture, Cultural Traits and Cultural Changes Between Global and Local Scales
Vincenzo Matera

3  Cultural Traits and Identity
Ugo E.M. Fabietti

4  The Diffusion of a Museum Exhibit: The Case of the Transparent Man
Elena Canadelli

5  The ‘Incompetent Subject’ in the Kingdom of Technical Terms. A Possible Role of Pedagogy in the Study of Cultural Traits
Rossana Brambilla

6  The Unary Trait of Psychoanalysis. Identification, Transmission, Generation
Matteo Bonazzi

7  Cultural Diversities Across and Within Cultures: The Bicultural Mind
Olivia Realdon and Valentino Zurloni

8  Birth and Evolution of Jazz as Effects of Cultural Transfers
Stefano Zenni

9  Geographical Boundaries as Places of Meeting and Diffusion of Cultural Traits
Stefano Malatesta, Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg,
and Enrico Squarcina

10  Maps, Diagrams and Charts: Making the Cultural Trait Visible Fulvio Carmagnola

11  Evolutionary Genetics and Cultural Traits in a ‘Body of Theory’ Perspective
Emanuele Serrelli
(see page)

12  Cultural Traits in Economic Theory
Fabrizio Panebianco

13  International Cooperation and Cultural Transmission
Isa Gama

14  Rethinking Organizational Culture: The Role of Generational Subcultures
Alessandra Lazazzara

15  From Material Remains to Culture: The Possibilities
and Limits of Archaeology in Reconstructing Ancient People
Viviana Ardesia

16  Homology and Phylogenetic Inference in Biological and Material Cultural Evolution
Ilya Tëmkin

17  On the Origin of Technologies: The Invention and Evolution of the Bow-and-Arrow
Giuseppe Carignani

18  Trees, Languages and Genes: A Historical Path
Federica Da Milano and Nicoletta Puddu

19  Signaling in Style: On Cooperation, Identity and the Origins of Visual Art
Larissa Mendoza-Straffon

20  Aesthetic Preferences: An Evolutionary Approach
Mariagrazia Portera and Lorenzo Bartalesi

21  Nothing But Survival: On the Origin and Function of Literature
Mario Barenghi

22  Concluding Remarks – Removing Barriers in Scientific Research: Concepts, Synthesis and Catalysis
Emanuele Serrelli