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David B. Kronenfeld

Professor, Ph.D. 1969 Stanford University

E-mail: david.kronenfeld@ucr.edu
Web site: http://kronenfelddesigns.com/DavidK/david.html

Professor Kronenfeld's immediate research focus concerns the understanding of culture as a decentralized system of distributed cognition--including cultural knowledge systems and. "cultural models" of action.  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: Major books include 2017 Culture as a System: How we Know the Meaning and Significance of what we Do and Say. (Routledge), 2009 Fanti Kinship and the Analysis of Kinship Terminologies. (U of Illinois Press), 2008 Culture, Society, and Cognition: Collective Goals, Values, Action, and Knowledge (Mouton de Gruyter), 1996 Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers: Semantic Extension from the Ethnoscience Tradition (Oxford). Recent articles include Kinship Terms: Typology and History. In Kinship Systems: Change and Reconstruction, edited by Patrick McConvell, Ian Keen and Rachel Hendery (2013); Flexibility and Change in Distributed Cognitive Systems: A View from Cognitive Anthropology, Review of Cognitive Linguistics. (2012); Crow- (and Omaha-) Type Kinship Terminology: The Fanti Case. In Crow-Omaha, edited by Thomas Trautmann and Peter Whiteley (2012); Afterword: One Cognitive View of Culture. In A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology, edited by David B. Kronenfeld, et al. (2011). Earlier articles include 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).