Human Universals

Human Universals

by Donald E. Brown


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This book explores physical and behavioral characteristics that can be considered universal among all cultures, all people. It presents cases demonstrating universals, looks at the history of the study of universals, and presents an interesting study of a hypothetical tribe, The Universal People.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070082090
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 01/01/1991
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1. Rethinking Universality: Six Cases.

2. Conceptualizing, Defining, and Demonstrating Universals.

3. The Historical Context of the Study of Universals.

4. Explaining Universals.

5. Incest Avoidance.

6. The Universal People.

7. Universals, Human Nature, and Anthropology.


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sylviasotomayor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chapter 6 is Brown's description of what all human cultures have in common. The universals are sufficiently abstract that they are difficult to disagree with, though some of his explanations for the universals seem iffy. I wish he had spent some time on the implicational universals (given X, then generally Y) that are so common in linguistics. Chapters 1-5 are the arguments for taking chapter 6 seriously. Interesting stuff, even if one does not agree with him.