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  • ISBN-13: 9780029089255
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/1992
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,017,172
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Edgerton, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of the department of anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles and the author of several books, including Like Lions They Fought, Sick Societies, and Warriors of the Rising Sun.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Paradise Lost: The Myth of Primitive Harmony 1
2 From Relativism to Evaluation 16
3 Maladaptation 46
4 Women and Children First: From Inequality to Exploitation 75
5 Sickness, Suffering, and Premature Death 105
6 From Discontent to Rebellion 133
7 The Death of Populations, Societies, and Cultures 160
8 Adaptation Reconsidered 188
Notes 211
Bibliography 229
Index 271
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  • Posted February 18, 2013

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    read for a better understanding of humankind

    Written in 1992 it is timely and will remain relevant. If you hate studying sociology this book may give you a changed understanding of the subject.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    Farewell, Noble Savage

    This book really shook much my way of thinking about cultural relativism—I mean that in a good way. Basically, the book recounts various "sick" societies in an effort to show that it's probably not wise to think that we ought to consider every society good in itself. Ultimately, it's an attack on the old notion of the noble savage, and a formidable one at that.

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