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Our common denominator : human universals revisited

Author: Christoph Antweiler
Publisher: New York : Berghahn, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English editionView all editions and formats
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"Since the politicization of anthropology in the 1970s, most anthropologists have been reluctant to approach the topic of universals - that is, phenomena that occur regularly in all known human societies. In this volume, Christoph Antweiler reasserts the importance of these cross-cultural commonalities for anthropological research and for life and co-existence beyond the academy. The question presented here is how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Antweiler, Christoph.
Our common denominator.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2016
(DLC) 2016005009
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christoph Antweiler
ISBN: 9781785330933 1785330934
OCLC Number: 916736638
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Humankind: Current societal debates --
A world of cultures: Their differences and likenesses --
Cultures and human nature: Human beings are biologically cultural --
Universals: Examples from several realms --
Methods: Deduction, case studies, and comparison --
Taxonomy: The forms, levels, and depth of universals --
Toward explanation: Why do universals exist? --
Critical positions: Arguments against Universalism --
Synthesis: Human universals and the human sciences.
Other Titles: Was ist den Menschen gemeinsam?
Responsibility: Christoph Antweiler ; translated by Diane Kerns.

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