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Social Evolution : Duckworth Debates in Archaeology - Mark Pluciennik

Social Evolution

Duckworth Debates in Archaeology

Paperback Published: 27th May 2005
ISBN: 9780715632871
Number Of Pages: 144

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The concept of social evolution in its modern form became widespread 250 years ago as part of the Enlightenment, and yet it still structures the thinking of academics, politicians and the public in a myriad ways. Hunter-gatherers become the repository of the natural or primitive; civilisation and 'our' history is deemed to begin with farming societies; and state societies are seen as the only gateway to social complexity. Through a historical and comparative review, this book challenges the idea that social evolution and the inevitability of progress is self-evident, and examines the connections of progressive social evolution with various ideologies and projects, from emancipation to racism, colonialism and imperialism and contemporary ideas of the new world order. Mark Pluciennik suggests that taking a critical stance allows other ways of thinking about and writing history to come into better focus, enabling us to ask different kinds of questions about the nature of change in human societies, and to treat social evolution in a more nuanced way.

The sources of social evolutionp. 19
Anthropology and archaeologyp. 39
The fall from gracep. 61
Other traditionsp. 86
The frameworks of social evolutionp. 110
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ISBN: 9780715632871
ISBN-10: 0715632876
Series: Duckworth Debates in Archaeology
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 27th May 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1