Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture

Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture

by Chris Knight
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300063083

ISBN-13: 9780300063080

Pub. Date: 05/24/1995

Publisher: Yale University Press

This original and ingenious book presents a new theory of the origins of human culture. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biology and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behavior and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual,

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This original and ingenious book presents a new theory of the origins of human culture. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biology and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behavior and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual, and political revolution initiated by women.

"Chris Knight has drawn widely on classical Marxist theory and structuralism in the Levi-Strauss tradition, as well as on the contemporary offerings from feminism, paleontology and sociobiology, to weld together a grand synthesis on the origins of culture. . . . Interestingly, . . . Knight's hypothesis does seem to provide a simple explanation for a number of biological and cultural phenomena that have hitherto been regarded as unrelated."-Robin Dunbar, Times Higher Education Supplement

"An immense work of documentation and close argument. . . . A magnificent work of materialistic science constructed from anthropological field-work and tribal myth."-Peter Redgrove, Times Literary Supplement

"Chris Knight brings evidence from a wide range of disciplines to take forward the argument for women's initiatory role in human culture and to attempt to answer the question of how men, over time, came to appropriate women's power."-Camilla Power, Everywoman

"Stimulating, positive and brave. . . . [A] unique exploration from biology through archaeology to anthropology."-Caroline Humphrey, London Review of Books

"An important and stimulating contribution to studies in human cultural origins."-Choice

"A book of absorbing interest . . . I can recommend this book for health sociologists and students."-Agnes Miles, Sociology of Health and Illness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300063080
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/24/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements....................     viii     

Introduction....................     1     

Chapter 1 Anthropology and Origins....................     50     

Chapter 2 Lévi-Strauss and 'the Mind'....................     71     

Chapter 3 Totemism as Exchange....................     88     

Chapter 4 The Sex Strike....................     122     

Chapter 5 Origins Theories in the 1980s....................     154     

Chapter 6 Solidarity and Cycles....................     200     

Chapter 7 The Shores of Eden....................     223     

Chapter 8 Between Water, Stone and Fire....................     256     

Chapter 9 The Revolution....................     281     

Chapter 10 The Hunter's Moon....................     327     

Chapter 11 The Raw and the Cooked....................     374     

Chapter 12 The Reds....................     417     

Chapter 13 The Rainbow Snake....................     449     

Chapter 14 The Dragon Within....................     480     

Chapter 15 Becoming Human....................     514     

Bibliography....................     535     

Author Index....................     566     

Subject Index....................     569     


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