Cultural adaptations after progressionism

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 43 Published In Pages: 62-85
By McCall, Lauren W.


This article challenges ideas of cultural progressionism through an analysis of counting systems. Cultural adaptation in both biotic and abiotic environments is examined, and results suggest that culture adapts to both the human-made environment and the physical environment. The author asserts that “interpreting divergent and convergent behaviors as due to differences and similarities of local environments” is superior to a progressionist approach to cultural change (62).

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