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Culture as given, culture as choice

Author: Dirk Van der Elst
Publisher: Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2003.
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Van der Elst, Dirk.
Culture as given, culture as choice.
Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)606957816
Online version:
Van der Elst, Dirk.
Culture as given, culture as choice.
Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)607770240
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dirk Van der Elst
ISBN: 1577662695 9781577662693
OCLC Number: 52139056
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xix, 308 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Beginning with Sex Why Males Exist and How Women Are Unique --
Sex in Nature --
Sex among Humans --
The Human Sexes --
The Other Double Helix From Reflex to Culture --
The First Imperatives --
Primary Drives --
Secondary Drives --
Creatures of Habit --
Fetalizing a Primate --
How Your Culture Works on You Perception and Behavior as Cultural Artifacts --
The Culture Concept --
How You Got Culture --
One World, One Culture --
A Ray of Hope --
Making the Culture Concept Manageable --
On Definitions --
In the Beginning Was the Word Language --
Your Sound System --
Rules and Meaning --
Communicating --
Losing Babel's Benefits --
The Marrying Kind Kinship I-Affiliation --
The Biology of Sociality --
Sexuality Revisited --
Working the Reproductive Drives --
Marriage --
Marriage Types and Family Systems --
What's Love Got to Do with It? --
Divorce --
Bloodline Logics Kinship II-Reckoning --
Reckoning Affiliation --
Kinship Nomenclatures --
Bilateral Systems --
Unilineal Systems --
Kinship as Ideal Construct --
Significance --
The Shaft, and How You Got It Inequality --
The Attributes of Inequality --
The Consequences of Inequality --
The Origins of Inequality --
Cultures of Inequality --
The Prerequisites for Stratification --
Types of Stratification --
Sexual and Racial Inequality --
The Purposes of Inequality --
If It Works, It's Obsolete Technology and Culture Change --
From Fire to the Stars --
The Revolutionary Inventions --
Change and Evolution --
Evolution: Adaptation to Ongoing Change --
You and Culture Change --
The Unquenchable Thirst Knowing --
How Knowledge Is Gained --
The Pervasiveness of Magic --
Scientific Thinking --
Magical Thinking --
How Do You Know? --
How Do You Know That What You Know Is Actually So? --
A Reason to Live Worth Dying For Believing --
Stories --
Ideology --
Religion --
Functions of Religion --
Ideology as Agent of Change --
Futures and Alternatives Cultural Trends --
The Population Bomb --
Environmental Collapse --
Inequality in the Third Millennium --
Futures We Have Managed to Avoid --
The Eternal Dichotomy --
The Slippery Slope --
Killer Culture --
Prepping for the Third Millennium Improving Your Odds --
Bringing It Home --
Surviving Well in Interesting Times --
A Functional Education --
And Now a Word from Our Sponsor --
Scenarios.
Other Titles: Culture as choice
Responsibility: Dirk Van der Elst.

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