Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures

Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures

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by Marvin Harris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 067972849X

ISBN-13: 9780679728498

Pub. Date: 06/28/1991

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In this brilliant and profound study the distinguished American anthropologist Marvin Harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior — often so puzzling at first glance — can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions. His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of

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In this brilliant and profound study the distinguished American anthropologist Marvin Harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior — often so puzzling at first glance — can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions. His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of biological forms: to show how cultures adopt their characteristic forms in response to changing ecological modes.

"[A] magisterial interpretation of the rise and fall of human cultures and societies."

— Robert Lekachman, Washington Post Book World

"Its persuasive arguments asserting the primacy of cultural rather than genetic or psychological factors in human life deserve the widest possible audience."

— Gloria Levitas The New Leader

"[An] original and...urgent theory about the nature of man and at the reason that human cultures take so many diverse shapes."

— The New Yorker

"Lively and controversial."

— I. Bernard Cohen, front page, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679728498
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1991
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
507,378
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Kyle3 More than 1 year ago
excellent objective text on how human nature has shaped the fate of the earth and human society. fascinating and comprehensive. critical conflict theorists will enjoy the skill with which he supports his assertions without ignoring the phenomenological influence of the human condition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a recommendation from a friend who commands tremendous respect from me. This is a perfect book for someone who has never really tried to look at our social setup the way anthropologists describe its evolution. It also puts into prespective on the 'amount of control(or the lack of it)' we humans exercise in choosing our collective behaviour.