On the Origin of Societies by Natural Selection

On the Origin of Societies by Natural Selection

by Jonathan H. Turner, Alexandra Maryanski
     
 

Kinship, religion, and economy were not "natural" to humans nor to species of apes that had to survive on the African savanna. Society from its very beginnings involved an uneasy necessity that often stood in conflict with humans' ape ancestry; these tensions only grew along with later, more complex-eventually colossal-sociocultural systems. The ape in us was not… See more details below

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Kinship, religion, and economy were not "natural" to humans nor to species of apes that had to survive on the African savanna. Society from its very beginnings involved an uneasy necessity that often stood in conflict with humans' ape ancestry; these tensions only grew along with later, more complex-eventually colossal-sociocultural systems. The ape in us was not extinguished, nor obviated, by culture; indeed, our ancestry continues to place pressures on individuals and their sociocultural creations. Not just an exercise in history, this pathbreaking book dispels many myths about the beginning of society to gain new understandings of the many pressures on societies today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594515163
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Series:
Studies in Comparative Social Science
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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