Faculty » David B. Kronenfeld
Professor, Ph.D. 1969 Stanford University
Professor Kronenfeld's immediate research focus is on the role of "cultural models" in the understanding of culture as a decentralized system of distributed cognition. More generally, his focus is on cognitive anthropology-including the shape of culturally standardized, shared cognitive structures and how they are created, learned, and utilized in everyday life. One particular application is to social identities as embodied locally in various face-to-face communities and more globally in ethnic and class groups. Other related interests and expertise include linguistic anthropology (especially semantics), and social organization (especially kinship). He is very interested in the anthropological use of mathematical and other formalisms (including problems of classification) and of quantitative data where appropriate. He is very interested in anthropology as a science, but is also not unsympathetic to humanistic insights and concerns. His major fieldwork was in Ghana (in West Africa).
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Anthropological Theory - Special Issue: Kinship (2001, guest editor); A New System for the Formal Analysis of Kinship (2000, editor); Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers: Semantic Extension from the Ethnoscience Tradition (1996); Language, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and 1989, Language and Society (1994, with M. Buchowski, W. Peterman, and L. Thomas); Starlings and other Critters: Simulating Society, Journal of Quantitative Anthropology (1993, with A. Kraus); Goodenough vs. Fischer on Residence: A Generation Later, Journal of Quantitative Anthropology (1992); Particularistic or Universalistic Analyses of Fanti Kin Terminology: The Alternative Goals of Analysis, Man (1980); Computer Analysis of Skewed Kinship Terminologies, Language (1976); Kroeber vs. Radcliffe-Brown on Kinship Behavior: The Fanti Test Case, Man (1975); and Sibling Typology: Beyond Nerlove and Romney, American Ethnologist (1974).