The relevance of Culture and Personality Studies, National Character Studies, Cultural Determinism and Cultural Diffusion in Twenty-first Century Anthropology: An assessment of their compat

This paper re-examines the core tenets of our “Proactive-interactive-symbiotic approach to long-term cultural change”, also known as the “Symbiotic School of socio-cultural change”, against the backdrop of eminent pre-existing schools of thought such as the Culture and Personality School, Cultural Determinism, Cultural Relativism, and diffusionist schools such as the British School, the German School and the American School, and other ethnographic methods and techniques to revalidate their pliability and pertinence in diverse situations. This apparently macroscopic approach is also interfaced with existing theories on personality and character and with our concepts of Mind-orientation and Mindspace as well. This will lead to a strengthening and revivification of all the concepts enshrined in these schools of thought, albeit in a modified form to suit the needs of the changed circumstances of the Twenty-first century, without in any way undermining their core postulates. Our underlying tenor of activism and long-term perspective is carried forward to this paper as well, as are also all the concepts of the philosophy of “Neo-centrism”. We also briefly touch upon the efficacy of cultural symbiosis and osmosis in promoting socio-cultural integration both across and within cultures, and discuss the concepts of mind-orientation, mindspace and thought-worlds threadbare, and take them to their logical conclusion. We also argue that Symbiotic approaches to socio-cultural changes are the only way forward in the Twenty-first century. We also like to strike a cautionary note here: Internally-induced changes and Cultural area-specific changes will play a critical role in all future change scenarios, and it would be necessary to understand the role played by different change agents, and their relative importance in all futuristic models. We conclude by discussing the potential real-world applications of Symbiotic Models of socio-cultural change.

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Rao Mandavilli, S. (2021). The relevance of Culture and Personality Studies, National Character Studies, Cultural Determinism and Cultural Diffusion in Twenty-first Century Anthropology: An assessment of their compat. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-relevance-of-culture-and-personality-studies-national-character-studies-cultural-determinism-and-cultural-diffusion-in-twenty-first-century-anthropology-an-assessment-of-their-compatibili

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Rao Mandavilli, Sujay "The relevance of Culture and Personality Studies, National Character Studies, Cultural Determinism and Cultural Diffusion in Twenty-first Century Anthropology: An assessment of their compat" Afribary. Afribary, 18 May. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/the-relevance-of-culture-and-personality-studies-national-character-studies-cultural-determinism-and-cultural-diffusion-in-twenty-first-century-anthropology-an-assessment-of-their-compatibili. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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Rao Mandavilli, Sujay . "The relevance of Culture and Personality Studies, National Character Studies, Cultural Determinism and Cultural Diffusion in Twenty-first Century Anthropology: An assessment of their compat". Afribary, Afribary, 18 May. 2021. Web. 24 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/the-relevance-of-culture-and-personality-studies-national-character-studies-cultural-determinism-and-cultural-diffusion-in-twenty-first-century-anthropology-an-assessment-of-their-compatibili >.

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Rao Mandavilli, Sujay . "The relevance of Culture and Personality Studies, National Character Studies, Cultural Determinism and Cultural Diffusion in Twenty-first Century Anthropology: An assessment of their compat" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 24, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/the-relevance-of-culture-and-personality-studies-national-character-studies-cultural-determinism-and-cultural-diffusion-in-twenty-first-century-anthropology-an-assessment-of-their-compatibili

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