Why Humans Have Cultures
Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity
By (author) Michael Carrithers
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Why Humans Have Cultures by Michael Carrithers
Book DescriptionWhy do humans have such diverse cultures and ways of life? Michael Carrithers presents an original and powerful answer to this central problem of anthropology, arguing that it is the ways in which people interact, rather than technological advances, that have been of crucial importance in human history. Lucid and thought-provoking, he draws both on ancient and contemporary examples to show how this perspective forms a firm foundation for the study of culture, society, and history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192892119
(196mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Nov-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Carrithers
Assembly of Listeners, Paperback (October 2008)
The Jains have exerted an influence on Indian Society and religion out of proportion with their relatively small numbers.
Buddha, Paperback (February 2001)
Guides the readers through the complex information that Buddhist texts give about the life and teaching of the Buddha. The author discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time, and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance.
Category of the Person, Paperback (December 1985)» View all books by Michael Carrithers
A lecture given by Marcel Mauss in 1938, brings about this compilation of comments on his speculation that notions of the person, rather than being primarily philosophical or psychological, have a complex social and ideological origin. Societies ranging from Ancient Greece, India, and China to modern Africa and Papua New Guinea are discussed.
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Author Biography - Michael Carrithers
Michael Carrithers is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham.
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