The Origin of Human Social Institutions

The Origin of Human Social Institutions

by British Academy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0197262503

ISBN-13: 9780197262504

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This superb work brings an interdisciplinary approach to what is arguably the central question in the study of human social evolution: how did the simple hunting and foraging bands of the Upper Palaeolithic evolve into the institutionally complex societies of the so-called Neolithic Revolution? The contributors are leading experts from the fields of archaeology

Overview

This superb work brings an interdisciplinary approach to what is arguably the central question in the study of human social evolution: how did the simple hunting and foraging bands of the Upper Palaeolithic evolve into the institutionally complex societies of the so-called Neolithic Revolution? The contributors are leading experts from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and game theory, all of whom share a common evolutionary perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780197262504
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Proceedings of the British Academy Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

From Sedentary Foragers to Village Hierarchies: the Emergence of Social Institutions, Ofer Bar-Yosef
Different Kinds of History: on the Nature of Lives and Change in Central Europe, c.6000-after 2000BC, Alasdair Whittle
The Birth of Architecture, Richard Bradley
Commodification and Institution in Group-oriented and Individualizing Societies, Colin Renfrew
Social Competition, Social Intelligence, and Why the Bugis Know More about Cooking than about Nutrition, Jerome Barkow
How and Why did Fairness Norms Evolve?, Kenneth Binmore
Evolutionary Perspectives on the Origins of Human Social Institutions, Robert Foley
Institutional Evolution in the Holocene: The Rise of Complex Societies, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd
From Nature to Culture, from Culture to Society, W. G. Runciman

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