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Cannibals and Kings The Origins of Cultures

Cannibals and Kings The Origins of Cultures
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679728498
  • ISBN: 067972849X
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Publisher: Random House Inc

AUTHOR

Harris, Marvin

SUMMARY

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 ReviewHarris, Marvin is the author of 'Cannibals and Kings The Origins of Cultures', published 1991 under ISBN 9780679728498 and ISBN 067972849X.

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