Evolution and Social Life

Evolution is among the most central and most contested of ideas in the history of anthropology. This book charts the fortunes of the idea from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times.

Evolution and Social Life

Evolution is among the most central and most contested of ideas in the history of anthropology. This book charts the fortunes of the idea from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times. By comparing biological, historical, and anthropological approaches to the study of human culture and social life, it lays the foundation for their effective synthesis. Far ahead of its time when first published, the book anticipates debates at the forefront of contemporary thinking. Revisiting the work after almost thirty years, Tim Ingold offers a substantial new preface that describes how the book came to be written, how it was received and its bearing on later developments. Unique in scope and breadth of theoretical vision, Evolution and Social Life cuts across the boundaries of natural science and the humanities to provide a major contribution both to the history of anthropological and social thought, and to contemporary debate on the relationship between human nature, culture, and social life.

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Evolution and Social Life
Language: en
Pages: 380
Authors: Tim Ingold
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-07 - Publisher: Routledge

Evolution is among the most central and most contested of ideas in the history of anthropology. This book charts the fortunes of the idea from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times. By comparing biological, historical, and anthropological approaches to the study of human culture and social life, it lays the
Mimesis and Alterity
Language: en
Pages: 228
Authors: Michael Taussig
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-05-30 - Publisher: Routledge

In this ambitious and accomplished work, Taussig explores the complex and interwoven concepts of mimesis, the practice of imitation, and alterity, the opposition of Self and Other. The book moves from the nineteenth-century invention of mimetically capacious machines, such as the camera, to the fable of colonial ‘first contact’ and
Mirror for Man
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Clyde Kluckhohn
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-25 - Publisher: Routledge

While the world has undoubtedly been shrinking, at the same time it has grown more complex. The likelihood of culture clashes leading to outright conflict is high, perhaps higher than ever. As Andrea L. Smith convincingly argues in her new introduction to this classic work, certain questions are as valid
The Reinvention of Primitive Society
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Adam Kuper, Fellow of the British Academy Adam Kuper
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-02-17 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Adam Kuper’s iconoclastic intellectual history argues that the idea of “primitive society” is a western myth. The “primitive” is imagined as the opposite of the “civilised”. But this is a protean myth. As ideas about civilisation change, so the image of primitive society must be adjusted. By way of fascinating
Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Language: en
Pages: 658
Authors: Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Providing a guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline, this volume discusses human social and cultural life in all its diversity and difference. Theory, ethnography and history are combined in over 230 entries on topics