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Why Humans Have Cultures : Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity - Michael Carrithers

Why Humans Have Cultures

Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity

Paperback Published: 19th November 1992
ISBN: 9780192892119
Number Of Pages: 240

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Why Humans Have Cultures examines three basic questions: what unity underlies human cultural diversity? What are the origins of that diversity? How can we understand it? The author argues that it is the ways in which people interact--rather than technological advances--that have been of crucial importance in human history. In this thought-provoking book, Carrithers draws on ancient and contemporary examples to show how this perspective forms a solid foundation for the study of culture, society, and history.

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"A stimulating contribution to the debate on "the nature of human nature"--extremely well-presented."--William Lipe, Washington State University
.,."presents a complex problem in an entertaining, but lucid format."--Greg Campbell, University of Montana
"[An] excellent discussion of questions basic to anthropology."--Daniel Amos, Pacific University

The Questionp. 1
One strandp. 4
A second strandp. 7
A third strand, and all strands togetherp. 9
The Great Arcp. 12
The great arcp. 13
Sea shellsp. 17
Betweenp. 19
Europe and the people without historyp. 23
Metamorphic lifep. 29
The question againp. 31
Beginning to Make Historyp. 34
Darwinian demandsp. 36
The basic sketchp. 41
Social intelligence Mark IIp. 43
Social and technical intelligencep. 44
The selective advantage of socialityp. 45
An evolutionary ratchetp. 46
The invention of historyp. 49
Three talesp. 50
The Anatomy of Socialityp. 55
Intersubjectivityp. 55
Mind-readingp. 58
Politenessp. 60
Pedagogy and aesthetic standardsp. 63
Creativity and repetition with constant variationp. 66
Speech and storiesp. 71
Putting it back togetherp. 74
Reading Minds and Reading Lifep. 76
Research programmesp. 79
Narrative thoughtp. 82
Oedipus Rexp. 85
Making eventsp. 87
Recapitulationp. 91
The Bull and the Saintp. 92
The philosopher and the story-tellerp. 95
A short, sharp storyp. 97
Ambiguitiesp. 100
Siddhasagar againp. 103
A disagreementp. 107
Paradigmatic thought againp. 110
Imageryp. 114
Metamorphosisp. 117
The Agganna's worldp. 119
The mysterious Agganna temporarily disassembledp. 122
Reassembling the Aggannap. 124
Brahmans 0, Monks 1p. 125
Kings and Brahmans 0, Khattiyas and Monks 2p. 129
A delectable skin of earthp. 132
The world in a mirrorp. 139
Holding up the mirrorp. 142
The Bugbear, Sciencep. 146
Art or science?p. 150
The bugbear, sciencep. 152
Intersubjective pattern recognitionp. 155
Human patternsp. 159
Narrative patternsp. 165
Evans-Pritchard vs. Sperberp. 170
From consensibility to consensusp. 174
An Untidy Box of Sweetsp. 177
Is it bigger than a bread-box?p. 178
Plaster of Parisp. 182
The ultra-naturalp. 187
An untidy box of sweetsp. 192
The beginningp. 197
Notesp. 200
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780192892119
ISBN-10: 0192892118
Series: Opus
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 19th November 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.58 x 12.98  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.18

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