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Descent of Woman - Elaine Morgan

Paperback Published: 1st March 1997
ISBN: 9780285627000
Number Of Pages: 288

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This is a pioneering work, the first to argue for the equal role of women in human evolution. On its first publication in 1972 it became a rallying-point for feminism and changed the terminology of anthropologists forever. It remains a key text in feminist history, as well as an extension to the author's "Aquatic Ape Hypothesis", which is gaining more academic support each year. Starting with her demolition of the Biblical myth that woman was an afterthought to the creation of man, Elaine Morgan rewrites human history and evolution. This work is: a standard work in Women's Studies and Anthropology, a set text of most university syllabuses; a seminal work, that develops the argument of the international bestselling "The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis". Elaine Morgan receives consistent media attention, with a major BBC radio documentary on her work broadcast last year. The once-controversial "Aquatic Ape Theory" is gaining academic respect and Elaine Morgan is now accepted as one of the leading thinkers of the Twentieth century (and has received many honours for her work).

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"She is more scientific than Genesis, more up to date than Darwin, more fun than Ardrey, and she writes better than Desmond Morris." The Sunday Telegraph"

A fresh and exciting perspective.


This book had so many ah-ha moments where you wonder why no body has ever paid attention to this before. Such a fresh perspective. Thoroughly enjoyed it even though it got a little boring in the middle there.



This brilliant book "Descent of Woman"


this gives a new slant to anthropologyto counter the previous only male view and I am sure she is correct. An original and well argued and at times amusing book.

Tamworth NSW


The Descent of Woman

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Acknowledgementsp. 6
The Man-made Mythp. 7
The Escape Routep. 21
The Ape Remouldedp. 43
Orgasmp. 68
Lovep. 92
Speechp. 112
The U-Turnp. 132
Man the Hunterp. 151
Primate Politicsp. 184
What Women Wantp. 216
Present and Futurep. 235
Postscript, 1985p. 263
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780285627000
ISBN-10: 0285627007
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 1997
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised