Home > Events & News > Brown Bag Schedule . Archive

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Singh discusses her research in India on infertility

Johnston concerned declines in teen smoking threatened by e-cigarettes

Frey discusses book Diversity Explosion

Highlights

Apply for 2-year NICHD Postdoctoral Fellowships that begin September 2015

PSC Fall 2014 Newsletter now available

Martha Bailey and Nicolas Duquette win Cole Prize for article on War on Poverty

Michigan's graduate sociology program tied for 4th with Stanford in USN&WR rankings

Next Brown Bag

Monday, Jan 12
Filiz Garip, Changing Dynamics of Mexico-U.S. Migration

psc brown bag iconA Cognitive Model of Culture for Demography

Christine Bachrach (Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland)

01/28/2013, at noon in room 6050 ISR-Thompson.

Archived video available

Few demographers, now or in the past, would question that culture plays a role in influencing demographic behaviors and trends. However, demographers have not developed a common vision for how that role can be characterized: how to specify the relevant cultural elements, measure their evolution and variation within and across particular populations, identify the mechanisms that shape the cultural environments of populations, and model how these elements contribute to demographic outcomes. Part of the problem, I suggest, is that our models of culture itself and the vocabularies we use to characterize it have not evolved in tandem with the development of new theory about how culture works. A model of culture grounded in evidence about how the brain learn, stores, and uses cultural knowledge can provide new insights into the concepts that dominate past accounts of culture (e.g., norms, values) while at the same time providing the conceptual links to new theories. I explore these ideas in the context of recent work on family change.

Event flyer


  View All