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Cannibals and kings : origins of cultures

Author: Marvin Harris
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1991, ©1977.
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In this brilliant and profound study the distinguished American anthropologist Marvin Harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior -- often so puzzling at first glance -- can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions. His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of biological forms: to show how cultures adopt their characteristic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
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ISBN: 9780307801234 0307801233
OCLC Number: 869475558
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In this brilliant and profound study the distinguished American anthropologist Marvin Harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior -- often so puzzling at first glance -- can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions. His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of biological forms: to show how cultures adopt their characteristic forms in response to changing ecological modes. "[A] magisterial interpretation of the rise and fall of human cultures and societies."--Robert Lekachman, Washington Post Book World "Its persuasive arguments asserting the primacy of cultural rather than genetic or psychological factors in human life deserve the widest possible audience."--Gloria Levitas The New Leader "[An] original and ... urgent theory about the nature of man and at the reason that human cultures take so many diverse shapes."--The New Yorker "Lively and controversial." -- I. Bernard Cohen, front page, The New York Times Book Review From the Trade Paperback edition.

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