Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology
Naomi Quinn received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1971. Her research has pursued the reconstruction, from reasoning, metaphor, narrative, and other features of their discourse on it, of Americans’ cultural understandings of marriage. Recent research pursues the effects of early attachment and separation on adult intimate relationships cross-culturally. Her enduring interest is in the nature of culture: its sharedness, force, enduringness, and thematicity. She is part of a current effort in cognitive anthropology to explain these and other properties of culture on the basis of schema theory and, within this framework, to relate culture to language, cognition, motivation, affect, psychodynamic processes, and individual experience. Her research is represented by a series of books, book chapters, and articles. Also reflected in several of her articles is an ongoing interest in anthropological research on gender.
Quinn, N, and Smith, CA. "A New Resolution of Fair Employment Practices for Women Anthropologists: Fresh Troops Arrive." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 7.4 (July 1982): 869-877. Full Text
QUINN, N. "“commitment” in American marriage: a cultural analysis." American Ethnologist 9.4 (January 1, 1982): 775-798. Full Text
Quinn, N. "'Commitment' in American Marriage: A Cultural Analysis." American Ethnologist 9.4 (1982): 755-798. (Academic Article)
Quinn, N. ": Transaction and Meaning: Directions in the Anthropology of Exchange and Symbolic Behavior . Bruce Kapferer." American Anthropologist 80.4 (December 1978): 951-953. Full Text
QUINN, N. "do Mfantse fish sellers estimate probabilities in their heads?." American Ethnologist 5.2 (January 1, 1978): 206-226. Full Text
QUINN, N. "a natural system used in Mfantse litigation settlement." American Ethnologist 3.2 (January 1, 1976): 331-351. Full Text