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The author shows that the diffusionist theory has deep roots in Germany and that it has influenced, among others, Erika Steinbach's political program.
Chapter 2 by Alice Storey and Jones coyly subtitled "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" tries to be a history of diffusionist thought in 20th century archaeology, but what they say comes across as glib and confusing.
Gumperz (1968) proposed a diffusionist theory of the speech community.
Though such emotional investment can lead to accepting new discoveries without additional validation, and of which would essentially replace the traditional diffusionist model based on unidirectional influences from China and India to Southeast Asia with one based only on innovation in Southeast Asia.
Lambert 2011:84-86 rejects Bryant's diffusionist theory (1949:676) that the Zulu Nomkhubulwane is a direct borrowing from the Greek Demeter / Persephone, and suggests (p.
In the 1940s and early 1950s, however, the collapse of the diffusionist argument among anthropologists, their recognition that this was an empty, unworkable notion, was symptomatic of a larger transformation of scientific and social thought occurring at the time.
But at the time the dominant paradigm was still basically diffusionist, and Sen challenged this by pointing out that the introduction of science into India was anything but a straightforward transmission of ideas, technologies and institutions.
Minks (2002) classified them as reflecting paradigms that are: (a) diffusionist, where song is seen to represent a culture trait that can be traced to various geographic regions; (b) enculturative, in which children's music is seen as part of adult culture; (c) autonomous, such that children's music transcends locality and cultural background; (d) pertinent to cultural cognitivism, where song is viewed for its understanding of children's learning processes and communicative patterns; and (e) illustrative of music/language acquisition, the realm of study that focuses on the incipient vocalised speech and musical utterances of infants and young children.
Through this study of the First Peoples' ability to gain access to and command mediated communication, Roth identifies weaknesses in the theoretical realms of diffusionist theory and dependency/underdependency theory, both of which she sees as based on Western value systems and Western media imperialism.
By using the term 'contact,' I aim to foreground the interactive, improvisational dimensions of colonial encounters so easily ignored or suppressed by diffusionist accounts of conquest and domination.