Humankind at the Brink

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For many decades Cultural and Social Anthropology have been dominated by the doctrine of Cultural Evolutionism. 'A Scrutiny of Cultural Theories' reveals that this concept can no longer be sustained. The viable alternative, on which the main body of this book is based is a Diffusionist interpretation of humanities' historical process. Unfortunately, to do justice to the title of this book, human ingenuity, having developed nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, has brought us now to the brink of biological ...
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Overview

For many decades Cultural and Social Anthropology have been dominated by the doctrine of Cultural Evolutionism. 'A Scrutiny of Cultural Theories' reveals that this concept can no longer be sustained. The viable alternative, on which the main body of this book is based is a Diffusionist interpretation of humanities' historical process. Unfortunately, to do justice to the title of this book, human ingenuity, having developed nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, has brought us now to the brink of biological extinction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857563047
  • Publisher: Janus Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Pages: 189

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. 1 Hominid Evolution and Cultural History 1
1 Questioning the Concept of Cultural Evolution 3
2 The Fossil Record 11
3 Brain Evolution in General 15
4 Brain Size in Perspective 20
5 The Brain's Intellectual Qualities 24
6 The Anatomy of Stone Tools 41
7 A Cultural Assessment of Homo Sapiens 49
8 The Case of Early Civilisation 56
Bibliography for Part One 62
Pt. 2 A Scrutiny of Cultural Theories 67
9 Multilinear Cultural Evolution 69
10 The Structuralist Approach 74
11 The Functionalist Approach 79
12 The Concerns of Social Anthropology 85
13 The Syndrome of Cultural Under-development 89
14 Hunter-Gatherer Life 93
15 The Culture Complex of Homo Habilis 102
16 Conclusions 105
Bibliography for Part Two 108
Pt. 3 The Significance of Cultural Parallels 113
17 Indications of Cultural Spread 115
18 America and the Old World 118
19 The Findings of R. A. Jairazbhoy 123
20 The Views of Joseph Needham and Gwei-Djen 130
21 The Contributions of Professor J. L. Sorenson 135
22 African Presence in Early America: B.C. and A.D. 139
23 The Astonishing Dossier of James Frazer 143
24 Postscript to Frazer 167
25 Grafton Elliot Smith 170
26 Postscript to Part Three 175
Epilogue 178
Bibliography for Part Three 181
Glossary 184
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