Anthropological models of sociocultural change

John Wilkins (
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 09:38:25 +1000

Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 09:38:25 +1000
From: John Wilkins <>
Subject: Anthropological models of sociocultural change

I was reading Robert Bee's 1974 introduction to mechanisms and models of
sociocultural change in anthropology, _Process and Pattern_, just recently,
largely because it coincides with my interest in the same topic in
paleontology and cladistic taxonomy. I was struck by the parallel with many of
the issues in modern memetic theory - adaptationism, diffusion
(epidemiological models), the appearance of novelty, typology, etc. Has
anybody done a review of this literature in relation to memetics? I know of
Agner Fog's essay, but is there anything else somebody can point me to?

John Wilkins, Head, Graphic Production
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Melbourne, Australia
Homo homini aut deus aut lupus - Erasmus of Rotterdam

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