Quantum Anthropologies and the Forces of Inheritance
Chapter one discusses the dominant perspectives of the social sciences on social inheritance: genetic heritability, culture and social context/constructionism, and interactionist/epigenetics. It then turns to new materialisms in order to move toward a post-humanist deconstruction of the nature/culture binary. This then frames its new materialist reconceptualizing of inheritance by discussing three major forces of inheritance: the material-discursive forces, timespace, and assemblages. It is for these reasons Inheriting Possibility argues that it is no longer enough to study an evolving and growing human organism in the backdrop of an assumed fixed, presripted, and predated nature. The ecologies and matter of “Nature” are mattering on/in/with human learning and development.
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