On the Origin of Societies by Natural Selection

1st Edition

Jonathan H. Turner, Alexandra Maryanski

Routledge
Published March 30, 2009
Textbook - 376 Pages
ISBN 9781594515170 - CAT# Y223370

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Summary

Kinship, religion, and economy were not "natural" to humans, nor to species of apes that had to survive on the African savanna. Society from its very beginnings involved an uneasy necessity that often stood in conflict with humans' ape ancestry; these tensions only grew along with later, more complex-eventually colossal-sociocultural systems. The ape in us was not extinguished, nor obviated, by culture; indeed, our ancestry continues to place pressures on individuals and their sociocultural creations. Not just an exercise in history, this pathbreaking book dispels many myths about the beginning of society to gain new understandings of the many pressures on societies today.

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