Strand Definitions: Culture and Society

This strand includes all aspects of cultural traditions and social relationships, and provides a field in which abstract concepts such as 'mentalities', 'memory', 'emotions', 'feelings', 'identity', 'boundaries', 'love' etc. can be applied and discussed.

The strand welcomes contributions on patterns and traditions of thought (mentalités), rituals, gestures and ceremonies, family life (including the treatment of children) and households, marriage and the creation of sexual norms and control (through, for example, the definition of adultery, incest and illegitimacy), marginal social groups (such as outsiders, widows and the aged), as well as other forms of relationships, affinities, and friendships, and non-legal aspects of violence and crime.