Motor skills and the learning process: The conservation of cordage final twist direction in communities of practice

Authors
Citation
Cj. Minar, Motor skills and the learning process: The conservation of cordage final twist direction in communities of practice, J ANTHR RES, 57(4), 2001, pp. 381-405
Citations number
106
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
57
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
381 - 405
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200124)57:4<381:MSATLP>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Over the past decade, textile researchers have identified large temporal an d geographic regions in the eastern United States in which strong patterns of cordage twist direction existed prehistorically. This work prompted ques tions about why cordage production processes seem to be so conservative. Re cent research demonstrates that handedness, fiber type, and spinning techni que probably do not determine cordage twist direction. The results vindicat e, instead, that participation in communities of practice or learning netwo rks, the automatization of motor skills, and the practicalities of producti on have important effects. This paper also examines learning and motor-skil l development as factors in conservative cordage production behavior and th en interprets cordage twist direction distributions in the prehistoric Sout heast from this perspective.