By analysing whether characteristics of Austronesian populations could predict the rate of adoption of Christianity, researchers find that political leadership and small population sizes facilitated Christianity’s spread in the Pacific.
This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution
Access Nature and 54 other Nature Portfolio journals
Get Nature+, our best-value online-access subscription
$29.99 / 30 days
cancel any time
Subscribe to this journal
Receive 12 digital issues and online access to articles
$119.00 per year
only $9.92 per issue
Rent or buy this article
Prices vary by article type
Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout
Rogers, E. M. Diffusion of Innovations (Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 2010).
Cavalli-Sforza, L. L. & Feldman, M. W. Cultural Transmission and Evolution: A Quantitative Approach (Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, NJ, 1981).
Boyd, R. & Richerson, P. J. Culture and the Evolutionary Process (Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1988).
Creanza, N., Kolodny, O. & Feldman, M. W. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 114, 7782–7789 (2017).
Watts, J., Sheehan, O., Bulbulia, J., Gray, R. D. & Atkinson, Q. D. Nat. Hum. Behav. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0379-3 (2018).
Freckleton, R. P. & Jetz, W. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. Ser. B 276, 21–30 (2009).
The author declares no competing interests.
About this article
Cite this article
Creanza, N. Predicting societal-level cultural change. Nat Hum Behav 2, 538–539 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0396-2