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

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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.

Vividly written for scholars and students alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594515170
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Series:
Studies in Comparative Social Science
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1 A Brief History of Primate Time on Earth 1

2 The Weakness of Weak Ties 28

3 Societal Protoplasm: In Search of the Primal Horde 58

4 The Strength of Strong Ties: A New Basis of Primate Solidarity 81

5 The Emergence of Culture 110

6 The Emergence of Human Society: Hunting and Gathering 129

7 The Rise of Horticulture 168

8 Agrarian Societies 207

9 The Rise of Industrial and Post-Industrial Societies 249

10 Strangers in a Strange Land: Evolved Apes Living in Sociocultural Cages 301

References 327

Index 353

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