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Why humans have cultures : explaining anthropology and social diversity

Author: Michael Carrithers
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Series: OPUS.
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"How and why do humans create so many different forms of life? This book presents an original and powerful answer to this central problem of anthropology." "Why Humans Have Cultures asks three basic questions: what unity underlies cultural diversity? What are the origins of that diversity? How can we understand it? Michael Carrithers argues that it is the ways in which people interact with each other, rather than  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Carrithers
ISBN: 0192192272 9780192192271 0192892118 9780192892119
OCLC Number: 25509519
Notes: "An OPUS book"--Half-title.
Description: xi, 217 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. The question --
2. The Great Arc --
3. Beginning to make history --
4. The anatomy of sociality --
5. Reading minds and reading life --
6. The bull and the saint --
7. Metamorphosis --
8. The bugbear, science --
9. An untidy box of sweets.
Series Title: OPUS.
Responsibility: Michael Carrithers.
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Aims to provide an introduction to anthropology, showing it as an activity which helps us to understand human social and cultural diversity. This book is also an invitation to anthropologists, which  Read more...

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