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THE PROBLEM OF THE CENTRE: AN AUTONOMOUSCOSMOLOGY Michael Thompson

The two-dimensional picture that has been widely used in applications of grid/group analysis is often treated as if it were static. The four compartments obtained by the intersection of the lines dividing weak and strong grid and group describe four kinds of social context with each of which is associated a distinctive kind of cosmology or cultural bias. The picture simply says, four times over, 'With this kind of social context you can expect to find this kind of cosmology1. This originally speculative statement has now, through applications and testings in a variety of fields, received some validation but, at the same time, those investigations have revealed a serious problem: what happens at the centre - at the crossover point between the four contexts?