Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Communication and communion

Tim Ingold a1
a1 Department of Anthropology, School of Social Science, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3QY, Scotland


Shanker & King's (S&K's) dynamic systems approach converges with developments in social anthropological studies of communication which were long ago anticipated in the writings of Volosinov and Schutz. Following a review of these writings, this commentary suggests that a dynamic systems approach should distinguish communion from communication. It concludes with a remark on the evolutionary implications of the approach.