Did I mention that Matthew Taylor of the RSA wrote a very good introduction to Cultural Theory in the Guardian newspaper last October? I have now. It's called 'The Search for Clumsy Solutions'.
Dr Clare Saunders, from Southampton University, was awarded the first British Journal of Sociology prize for her 2008 ethnographic work on environmental organisations in London. You can hear a podcast of her describing her research, and read the original article (as long as someone you love your institution subscribes to Wiley Interscience). She argues that: … Continue reading Why can’t environmentalists just all get along?
Response to Dan Kahan's study of cultural bias in risk perceptions of the HPV vaccine, with links to the Cultural Cognition Project and discussion of grid-group cultural theory.
Matthew Taylor of the RSA sometimes writes about cultural theory and when he does it's always worth reflecting on. At the very end of 2009 he was looking at the idea of free will: Faced with a social choice we can do what we want or feels right for us (individualistic impulse), do what the … Continue reading Do we have free will?
Well into the Twentieth Century the slate industry of North Wales was the world’s largest. It roofed the buildings of the world and left a huge scar on the beautiful landscape of what is now the Snowdonia National Park. But that’s not all it left. If you visit Yr Amgueddfa Llechi Cymru - the National … Continue reading Warmer is better!
John Adams of Imperial College London produced a new preface for the Brazilian translation of his important book Risk. His very interesting analysis of the social construction of risk is strongly informed by Grid-group cultural theory: “I have been increasingly impressed by the ability of cultural theory to bring a modicum of order and civility … Continue reading “God is a Brazilian” – risk perception in Brazil
Australian economist Andrew Leigh has entered into public discussion with Noel Pearson about Aboriginal inequality by proposing that randomised trials should be initiated for those educational innovations supposedly aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged groups. He takes his cue from Harvard economist Roland Fryer, who is well known for testing the effectiveness of cash rewards … Continue reading Tempting fate in schools: contrived randomness as educational policy
Is there a Four Cultures take on that movie everyone except me seems to have seen? If so, please let me know your thoughts by commenting on this post. For inspiration you could look at what the anthropology website Savage Minds had to say about it, or you could read about the four cultures of … Continue reading Avatar and Cultural Theory
Stewart Brand (whom, incidentally, we have to thank for the 'whole earth' photo at the Fourcultures masthead) wrote an op-ed recently in which he identified four types of climate change talk, based on two scales, scientists-politicians and agreement-disagreement. This produced four poles, not merely two. They are: denialists (ideological disagreement) skeptics (scientific disagreement) warners (scientific … Continue reading Stewart Brand: Four sides to climate change – but which four?
Many thanks to everyone who's read these pages over the year that's now ending. Fourcultures is now being read more than 2,000 times a month. And just in case you missed them, the most popular posts of 2009 are as follows: The Four Cultures of Marketing Ethics Grid-Group Cultural Theory: a way of trying not … Continue reading Fourcultures – the most popular posts of 2009