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Author Barnard, Alan (Alan J.)
Title Social anthropology and human origins / Alan Barnard
Imprint Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  GN281 B259 2011    AVAILABLE    30530001064310
 Ethnology Library  GN281 .B369 2011    AVAILABLE    30520020734241
Descript xiii, 182 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-178) and index
"The study of human origins is one of the most fascinating branches of anthropology. Yet it has rarely been considered by social or cultural anthropologists, who represent the largest subfield of the discipline. In this powerful study Alan Barnard aims to bridge this gap. Barnard argues that social anthropological theory has much to contribute to our understanding of human evolution, including changes in technology, subsistence and exchange, family and kinship, as well as to the study of language, art, ritual and belief. This book places social anthropology in the context of a widely-conceived constellation of anthropological sciences. It incorporates recent findings in many fields, including primate studies, archaeology, linguistics and human genetics. In clear, accessible style Barnard addresses the fundamental questions surrounding the evolution of human society and the prehistory of culture, suggesting a new direction for social anthropology that will open up debate across the discipline as a whole"--Provided by publisher
Introduction -- If chimps could talk -- Fossils and what they tell us -- Group size and settlement -- Teaching, sharing and exchange -- Origins of language and symbolism -- Elementary structures of kinship -- A new synthesis -- Conclusions
Subject Human beings -- Origin
Human evolution
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