Culture As Given, Culture As Choice

ISBN-10: 1577662695

ISBN-13: 9781577662693

Edition: 2nd 2003

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"This written introductory text is full of insights about how humanity's defining adaptation has evolved and functions. What makes van der Elst's approach uniquely engaging is his focus on the implications of technology, the ways humans organize themselves, and value assumptions for individuals' life chances and choices. He confronts students with the need to question their enculturated biases, instills appreciation of the origins of culture in biology and language, and explains such topics as the varieties of family and marriage types, and the rise of inequality." "Extending the thrust of the popular first edition, this totally revised second edition greatly expands the discussion of language, contains a new chapter that demystifies kinship nomenclatures, presents lively vignettes that reinforce the book's valuable insights, and includes thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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List price: $33.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Waveland Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Why This Book
Beginning with Sex Why Males Exist and How Women Are Unique
Sex in Nature
Sex among Humans
The Human Sexes
The Other Double Helix From Reflex to Culture
The First Imperatives
Primary Drives
Secondary Drives
Creatures of Habit
Fetalizing a Primate
How Your Culture Works on You Perception and Behavior as Cultural Artifacts
The Culture Concept
How You Got Culture
One World, One Culture
A Ray of Hope
Making the Culture Concept Manageable
On Definitions
In the Beginning Was the Word Language
Your Sound System
Rules and Meaning
Losing Babel's Benefits
The Marrying Kind Kinship I-Affiliation
The Biology of Sociality
Sexuality Revisited
Working the Reproductive Drives
Marriage Types and Family Systems
What's Love Got to Do with It?
Bloodline Logics Kinship II-Reckoning
Reckoning Affiliation
Kinship Nomenclatures
Bilateral Systems
Unilineal Systems
Kinship as Ideal Construct
The Shaft, and How You Got It Inequality
The Attributes of Inequality
The Consequences of Inequality
The Origins of Inequality
Cultures of Inequality
The Prerequisites for Stratification
Types of Stratification
Sexual and Racial Inequality
The Purposes of Inequality
If It Works, It's Obsolete Technology and Culture Change
From Fire to the Stars
The Revolutionary Inventions
Change and Evolution
Evolution: Adaptation to Ongoing Change
You and Culture Change
The Unquenchable Thirst Knowing
How Knowledge Is Gained
The Pervasiveness of Magic
Scientific Thinking
Magical Thinking
How Do You Know?
How Do You Know That What You Know Is Actually So?
A Reason to Live Worth Dying For Believing
Functions of Religion
Ideology as Agent of Change
Futures and Alternatives Cultural Trends
The Population Bomb
Environmental Collapse
Inequality in the Third Millennium
Futures We Have Managed to Avoid
The Eternal Dichotomy
The Slippery Slope
Killer Culture
Prepping for the Third Millennium Improving Your Odds
Bringing It Home
Surviving Well in Interesting Times
A Functional Education
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