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Blood Relations by Chris Knight
Book DescriptionThis original and ingenious book presents a new theory of the origins of human culture. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biology and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behavior and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual, and political revolution initiated by women. "Chris Knight has drawn widely on classical Marxist theory and structuralism in the Levi-Strauss tradition, as well as on the contemporary offerings from feminism, paleontology and sociobiology, to weld together a grand synthesis on the origins of culture...Interestingly, ...Knight's hypothesis does seem to provide a simple explanation for a number of biological and cultural phenomena that have hitherto been regarded as unrelated."-Robin Dunbar, Times Higher Education Supplement "An immense work of documentation and close argument...A magnificent work of materialistic science constructed from anthropological field-work and tribal myth." -Peter Redgrove, Times Literary Supplement "Chris Knight brings evidence from a wide range of disciplines to take forward the argument for women's initiatory role in human culture and to attempt to answer the question of how men, over time, came to appropriate women's power."-Camilla Power, Everywoman "Stimulating, positive and brave...[A] unique exploration from biology through archaeology to anthropology."-Caroline Humphrey, London Review of Books "An important and stimulating contribution to studies in human cultural origins."-Choice "A book of absorbing interest ...I can recommend this book for health sociologists and students."-Agnes Miles, Sociology of Health and Illness
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300063080
(235mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United States
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Social Origins of Language, Paperback (June 2014)
This book presents a new perspective on the origins of language, and highlights the key role of social and cultural dynamics in driving language evolution. It considers, among other questions, the role of gesture in communication, mimesis, play, dance, and song in extant hunter-gatherer communities, and the time-frame for language evolution.
Cradle of Language, Paperback (May 2009)» View all books by Chris Knight
This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Internationally renowned scholars address the fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence and critically examine the ways it has been interpreted.
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