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Our kind : who we are, where we came from, where we are going

Author: Marvin Harris
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Before consciousness formed and tools were made, before speech was learned and cultures were established, before religion, society, politics, and war, came a simple evolutionary change: one primate, our common ancestor, took the first upright step. So begins our family history ... the story told by Marvin Harris in Our Kind. The tale explores topics as varied as how the different races arose; why marriage and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marvin Harris
ISBN: 0060157763 9780060157760 9780060919900 0060919906
OCLC Number: 19556007
Description: xii, 547 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The rise and fall of Dawson's dawn man.-The dawn of technology.-Tools for what? -African genesis revisited.-The enigma of H. Erectus.-Rudimentary cultures.-How old are the races? -How our skins got their color.-Do the races differ in intelligence? -Genes against incest? -Sex, hunting, and deadly force.-War and sexism.-Why do women live longer than men? -The basic animistic rituals.-Human sacrifice.-Cultural discontents and the knowing mind.
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Before consciousness formed and tools were made, before speech was learned and cultures were established, before religion, society, politics, and war, came a simple evolutionary change: one primate, our common ancestor, took the first upright step. So begins our family history ... the story told by Marvin Harris in Our Kind. The tale explores topics as varied as how the different races arose; why marriage and the nuclear family were established; why we overeat; how men came to dominate politics; why women have longer life-spans; why yuppies are such conspicuous consumers; how war has come to overshadow us, and whether it always will ... and a great deal more. -- from back cover.

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Very educational

by chrispollitt (WorldCat user published 2015-03-20) Excellent Permalink

I learned a lot. The author cogently and clearly puts forward his theories on many facets of human life from religion to hierarchy. I also like how the chapters are short and concise. Well worth the read.

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