Primeval Kinship: How Pair-Bonding Gave Birth to Human Society

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Primeval Kinship is the first book dedicated to the evolutionary origins of human kinship. And perhaps equally important, it is the first book to suggest that the study of kinship and social organization can provide a link between social and biological anthropology.

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Editorial Reviews

Nature
Bernard Chapais offers a powerful and controversial new account of hominid origins...His book offers us one more scenario of our human trajectory...Chapais‘ thesis urges us to consider very carefully why humans are so different.
— Monique Borgerhoff Mulder
Evolutionary Psychology
Chapais has written a bold, new book that promises nothing less than the unveiling of the original, earliest form of human society and an account of how it developed over evolutionary time. The book indeed fulfills this promise, presenting a persuasive, well-argued, logical evolutionary scenario based on empirical data and a sound comparative method...Primeval Kinship presents powerful arguments concerning the origin and evolutionary path of human kinship. It reopens old questions, long abandoned, about the origins of human society, and addresses them with a brilliant synthesis of recent primate data. Chapais has demonstrated that primatology is now positioned to make significant contributions to the study of human kinship. This work will undoubtedly open further debate and inspire further research. It effectively dispels the view that human kinship is a purely cultural construction or that kinship can be understood outside the framework of our primate legacy.
— Linda Stone
Primates
Primeval Kinship represents a bold effort to integrate two wildly disparate disciplines, primatology and cultural anthropology, to understand long-standing questions about the evolution of human society. With an increasing tendency toward specialization in science, there are few who dare step outside of their comfort zones to attempt broad, wide-ranging syntheses on problems that go to the heart of what it is to be human. In this regard, Chapais should be lauded for his labors and for an extremely stimulating read. His reasoned and careful treatment of the primate data provides considerable food for thought about how and why we have come to be the way we are.
— John C. Mitani
Irshad Manji
To his credit, Kelsay refuses to whitewash the role of religion in fostering the violence he discusses…Yet his analysis also respects the nuances of Shariah reasoning. Kelsay appreciates Islamic history and delves into detail…about how theologians, jurists and dissidents decided what constitutes a just war. Like their Christian counterparts, Muslims have asked and asked again: When may battle be waged? Can noncombatants ever be targets? How much force is proportional? Does negotiation take precedence over a quick and easy victory? Kelsay could have brought these questions to life had he given us something—anything—about the personalities of the questioners and not merely the process they followed. Stick with him, though. By forensically dissecting the development of Shariah reasoning he illuminates the situation we now face, in which classical Islamic scholars are trumped by bloodthirsty bandits who pose as thinkers.
—The New York Times
Dallas Morning News

[Kelsay] makes a good argument that classical Islamic reasoning was diverse because it always recognized that legal judgments were contextual rather than ideological. This gives way to a diversity of legal reasoning in the modern world, exploding the myth of a single "Islamic" approach to either the necessity or the means of war in achieving political aims...A must-read for those who want to move beyond hype and fear to a nuanced understanding of the multiple possible futures before the Muslim world.
Robert Hunt

New York Times Book Review

Kelsay shows that today's freelance fatwa-hurlers rarely capture the best of Islamic thought, but are not wholly divorced from it either. Their pronouncements attempt to pass for "Shariah reasoning," a tradition of reconciling the Koran's passages and the Prophet Muhammad's examples to changing times...To his credit, Kelsay refuses to whitewash the role of religion in fostering the violence he discusses...Yet his analysis also respects the nuances of Shariah reasoning...By forensically dissecting the development of Shariah reasoning he illuminates the situation we now face, in which classical Islamic scholars are trumped by bloodthirsty bandits who pose as thinkers.
Irshad Manji

Library Journal

How has the concept of jihad been understood over the course of Islam's history? Do Islamic militants have any justification in defending their actions as necessary elements of jihad? These are the kinds of questions Kelsay (religion, Florida State Univ.; coauthor, Just War and Jihad) here addresses. One section of the book examines the historical understanding of religious reasoning (particularly regarding war), while the other deals with recent applications of that reasoning. Kelsay notes that, historically, authoritative religious reasoning was done primarily by religious scholars and jihad was understood in terms of Islamic just-war criteria. In the last two centuries, however, individuals have claimed the right to do religious reasoning apart from scholars and to justify jihad in nonwar situations. Thus, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden today advocate violence against civilians, and this is contrary to how jihad was once understood. Kelsay describes a battle between democratic Islam and militant Islam for the minds and hearts of the Islamic people. A thought-provoking work; a valuable addition to all libraries.
—John Jaeger

Nature

Bernard Chapais offers a powerful and controversial new account of hominid origins...His book offers us one more scenario of our human trajectory...Chapais‘ thesis urges us to consider very carefully why humans are so different.
— Monique Borgerhoff Mulder

Evolutionary Psychology

Chapais has written a bold, new book that promises nothing less than the unveiling of the original, earliest form of human society and an account of how it developed over evolutionary time. The book indeed fulfills this promise, presenting a persuasive, well-argued, logical evolutionary scenario based on empirical data and a sound comparative method...Primeval Kinship presents powerful arguments concerning the origin and evolutionary path of human kinship. It reopens old questions, long abandoned, about the origins of human society, and addresses them with a brilliant synthesis of recent primate data. Chapais has demonstrated that primatology is now positioned to make significant contributions to the study of human kinship. This work will undoubtedly open further debate and inspire further research. It effectively dispels the view that human kinship is a purely cultural construction or that kinship can be understood outside the framework of our primate legacy.
— Linda Stone

Primates

Primeval Kinship represents a bold effort to integrate two wildly disparate disciplines, primatology and cultural anthropology, to understand long-standing questions about the evolution of human society. With an increasing tendency toward specialization in science, there are few who dare step outside of their comfort zones to attempt broad, wide-ranging syntheses on problems that go to the heart of what it is to be human. In this regard, Chapais should be lauded for his labors and for an extremely stimulating read. His reasoned and careful treatment of the primate data provides considerable food for thought about how and why we have come to be the way we are.
— John C. Mitani

Robert Wald Sussman
Primeval Kinship is a treasure chest of comparative research on human and primate social structure, organization, and behavior. This book will reignite and reinvigorate discussions of the evolution of primate and human society. It will be a model from which future social and physical anthropologists, primatologists, and social scientists can build.
Nature - Monique Borgerhoff Mulder
Bernard Chapais offers a powerful and controversial new account of hominid origins...His book offers us one more scenario of our human trajectory...Chapais‘ thesis urges us to consider very carefully why humans are so different.
Evolutionary Psychology - Linda Stone
Chapais has written a bold, new book that promises nothing less than the unveiling of the original, earliest form of human society and an account of how it developed over evolutionary time. The book indeed fulfills this promise, presenting a persuasive, well-argued, logical evolutionary scenario based on empirical data and a sound comparative method...Primeval Kinship presents powerful arguments concerning the origin and evolutionary path of human kinship. It reopens old questions, long abandoned, about the origins of human society, and addresses them with a brilliant synthesis of recent primate data. Chapais has demonstrated that primatology is now positioned to make significant contributions to the study of human kinship. This work will undoubtedly open further debate and inspire further research. It effectively dispels the view that human kinship is a purely cultural construction or that kinship can be understood outside the framework of our primate legacy.
Primates - John C. Mitani
Primeval Kinship represents a bold effort to integrate two wildly disparate disciplines, primatology and cultural anthropology, to understand long-standing questions about the evolution of human society. With an increasing tendency toward specialization in science, there are few who dare step outside of their comfort zones to attempt broad, wide-ranging syntheses on problems that go to the heart of what it is to be human. In this regard, Chapais should be lauded for his labors and for an extremely stimulating read. His reasoned and careful treatment of the primate data provides considerable food for thought about how and why we have come to be the way we are.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674027824
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Chapais is Professor of Anthropology, University of Montréal.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 The Question of the Origin of Human Society 1

A Forsaken Quest 6

The Deep Structure of Human Societies 10

I Primatologists as Evolutionary Historians

2 Primatology and the Evolution of Human Behavior 17

The Phylogenetic Decomposition Principle 18

Reconstructing the Exogamy Configuration 25

3 The Uterine Kinship Legacy Primatological Theories and Primate Legacies 30

Appraising Primate Kinship 32

The Domain of Uterine Kindred in Primates 35

How Are Uterine Kin Recognized? 40

The Origin of Group-wide Kinship Structures 43

4 From Biological to Cultural Kinship 48

Beyond Consanguineal Kinship 49

The "Genealogical Unity of Mankind" 54

The Bilateral Character of Human Kinship 57

5 The Incest Avoidance Legacy 60

Elements of a Primatological Theory of Incest Avoidance 61

Humankind's Primate Heritage 68

6 From Behavioral Regularities to Institutionalized Rules 71

The Anthropologists' Treatment of the Primate Data 72

The Westermarck Knot 78

The Morality Problem 83

Lessons from Comparative Anatomy 86

II Exogamy Configuration Decomposed

7 L?vi-Strauss and the Deep Structure of Human Society 93

Reciprocal Exogamy as a Deep Structuring Principle 95

Reciprocal Exogamy as Archaic 99

The Convergence beyond the Critiques 101

L?vi-Strauss and the Primate Data 104

8 Human Society Out of the Evolutionary Vacuum 107

Leslie White and the Primate Origins of Exogamy 109

Elman Service and the Primitive Exogamous Band 113

Robin Fox and the Initial Deconstruction of Exogamy 116

9 The Building Blocks of Exogamy 122

Pinpointing the Distinctiveness of Exogamy 122

Reconstructing Human Society: The Task Ahead 126

A Once Irreducible System 130

III The Exogamy Configuration Reconstructed

10 The Ancestral Male Kin Group Hypothesis 135

The Patrilocal Band Model 136

Male Philopatry in Apes 139

The Homology Hypothesis 142

Updating the Ancestral Male Kin Group Hypothesis 147

The Gorilla Alternative 151

11 The Evolutionary History of Pair-Bonding 157

The "Invariant Core of the Family" 158

Pair-Bonds as Parental Partnerships 162

The Pitfall of the Modern Family Reference 168

A Two-Step Evolutionary Sequence 171

Monogamy as a Special Case of Polygyny 175

The Evolutionary History of the Sexual Division of Labor 179

12 Pair-Bonding and the Reinvention of Kinship 185

The Fundamental Equation of the Exogamy Configuration 185

Kinship in the Ancestral Male Kin Group 187

Fatherhood 194

The Institutionalized Denial of Paternity 196

The Development of Agnatic Kinship Structures 198

13 Biparentality and the Transformation of Siblingships 202

Chimpanzee Siblingships 203

Fatherhood and the Evolution of Strong Brotherhoods 205

Fatherhood and the Brother-Sister Bond 209

The Added Effect of Shorter Interbirth Intervals 213

14 Beyond the Local Group: The Rise of the Tribe 216

Male Pacification as a Prerequisite for the Tribe 217

Females as Peacemakers: The Consanguinity Route 219

Females as Peacemakers: The Affinity Route 223

The Initial Impetus 226

The Prelinguistic Tribe 228

15 From Male Philopatry to Residential Diversity 235

Some Serious Discrepancies 236

The Emergence of Residential Diversity 238

Ancestral Patrilocality and Grandmothering 243

16 Brothers, Sisters, and the Founding Principle of Exogamy 246

The First Step: Outmarriage 247

Affinal Brotherhoods and the Origin of Exogamy Rules 251

From Siblings-in-Law to Cross-Cousins 256

The "Atom of Kinship" Revisited 259

IV Unilineal Descent

17 Filiation, Descent, and Ideology 265

The African Model of Unilineal Descent Groups 267

The Chestnut within the Model 271

18 The Primate Origins of Unilineal Descent Groups 276

Group Membership through Birth 277

Kinship-Based Segmentation 278

The Genealogical Boundaries of Exogamy 281

The Unisexual Transmission of Status 281

Primitive Corporateness 284

A Multilevel Structure of Solidarity 286

The Evolutionary History of Human Descent Female Kin Groups as Precultural Matriclans 289

The Residential Basis of Proto-Descent Groups 291

The Latent Patriclan 291

Matrilineality as a Male Affair 298

Conclusion: Human Society as Contingent 301

References 311

Index 341

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