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Cows, pigs, wars & witches : the riddles of culture

Author: Marvin Harris
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book challenges those who argue that we can change the world by changing the way people think. The author shows that no matter how bizarre a people's behavior may seem, it always stems from concrete social and economic conditions. It is by isolating and identifying these conditions that we will be able to understand and cope with some of our own apparently senseless life styles. In a devastating attack on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Miscellanées
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Harris, Marvin, 1927-2001.
Cows, pigs, wars & witches.
New York, Random House [1974]
(OCoLC)643558087
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marvin Harris
ISBN: 9780394483382 0394483383 0679724680 9780679724681
OCLC Number: 762505
Description: viii, 276 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Mother cow --
Pig lovers and pig haters --
Primitive war --
The savage male --
Potlatch --
Phantom cargo --
Messiahs --
The secret of the prince of peace --
Broomsticks and sabbats --
The great witch craze --
Return of the witch.
Other Titles: Cows, pigs, wars and witches
Responsibility: by Marvin Harris.

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This book challenges those who argue that we can change the world by changing the way people think. The author shows that no matter how bizarre a people's behavior may seem, it always stems from concrete social and economic conditions. It is by isolating and identifying these conditions that we will be able to understand and cope with some of our own apparently senseless life styles. In a devastating attack on the shamans of the counterculture, the author states the case for a return to objective consciousness and a rational set of political commitments.

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