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.
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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.Bibliography
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.