Culture As Given, Culture As Choice / Edition 2

Culture As Given, Culture As Choice / Edition 2

by Dirk van der Elst
     
 

ISBN-10: 1577662695

ISBN-13: 9781577662693

Pub. Date: 01/25/2003

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

"This written introductory text is full of insights about how humanity's defining adaptation has evolved and functions. What makes van der Elst's approach uniquely engaging is his focus on the implications of technology, the ways humans organize themselves, and value assumptions for individuals' life chances and choices. He confronts students with the need to question…  See more details below

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"This written introductory text is full of insights about how humanity's defining adaptation has evolved and functions. What makes van der Elst's approach uniquely engaging is his focus on the implications of technology, the ways humans organize themselves, and value assumptions for individuals' life chances and choices. He confronts students with the need to question their enculturated biases, instills appreciation of the origins of culture in biology and language, and explains such topics as the varieties of family and marriage types, and the rise of inequality." Extending the thrust of the popular first edition, this totally revised second edition greatly expands the discussion of language, contains a new chapter that demystifies kinship nomenclatures, presents lively vignettes that reinforce the book's valuable insights, and includes thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577662693
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/25/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Why This Book
1Beginning with Sex: Why Males Exist and How Women Are Unique1
2The Other Double Helix: From Reflex to Culture13
3How Your Culture Works on You: Perception and Behavior as Cultural Artifacts29
4In the Beginning Was the Word: Language55
5The Marrying Kind: Kinship I - Affiliation75
6Bloodline Logics: Kinship II - Reckoning105
7The Shaft, and How You Got it: Inequality135
8If It Works, It's Obsolete: Technology and Culture Change169
9The Unquenchable Thirst: Knowing189
10A Reason to Live Worth Dying For: Believing211
11Futures and Alternatives: Cultural Trends243
12Prepping for the Third Millennium: Improving Your Odds277
Index297

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