The question is too vague for me, at least, Carol. I know the term from
Bateson, but in checking google he has used it in more than one way. And
others have used it as well.
Here is one google-derived entry. It is probably worth your while to check
Concept (from Greek) introduced into anthropology by
1934), and later used famously by
Ethos attempts to capture the emotional communality or "ambience"
that a group shares, as opposed to the
logical) communality, which Bateson called "
eidos", but some later researchers such as
use synonymously with
*culture* <http://www.anthrobase.com/Dic/eng/def/culture.htm>. It might, e.g.,
be meaningful to say that a group has an "agressive" ethos, though Bateson
has pointed out that such simple labels are probably insufficient to
characterize any real-world ethos, which would as a minimum be bi-polar (e.g.
"dominant-submissive"). Benedict spoke of ethos in terms of cultural
configurations. Later researchers have investigated linguistic analogies,
and (since the late 1970's) links between social memory, emotion and the
On 2/27/06, Carol Macdonald <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues
> I am puzzling over something with my student Jaki: we are trying to
> understand the nature of ethos in CHAT. One the one hand it could be
> seen as a mini-variant of a culture (in a school in this case); but on
> the other it could be seen as an artefact . The second would be when an
> ethos is created to affect the values in the learning situation.
> Are there any thoughts out there, or perhaps something to which you
> could refer us?
> Thank you very much
> Carol Macdonald
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