How Culture Makes Us Human

How Culture Makes Us Human

Primate Social Evolution and the Formation of Human Societies

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In this engaging, thought-provoking book, Dwight Read explores the fundamental scientific debate about how culture and social organization separate humans from our primate cousins.

What separates modern humans from our primate cousins—are we a mere blink in the march of evolution, or does human culture represent the definitive evolutionary turn? Dwight Read explores the dilemma in this engaging, thought-provoking book, taking readers through an evolutionary odyssey from our primate beginnings through the development of culture and social organization. He assesses the two major trends in this field: one that sees us as a logical culmination of primate evolution, arguing that the rudiments of culture exist in primates and even magpies, and another that views the human transition as so radical that the primate model provides no foundation for understanding human dynamics. Expertly synthesizing a wide body of evidence from the anthropological and life sciences in accessible prose, Read’s book will interest a broad readership from experts to undergraduate students and the general public.


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What separates modern humans from our primate cousins—are we a mere blink in the march of evolution, or does human culture represent the definitive evolutionary turn? Dwight Read explores the dilemma in this engaging, thought-provoking book, taking readers through an evolutionary odyssey from our primate beginnings through the development of culture and social organization. He assesses the two major trends in this field: one that sees us as a logical culmination of primate evolution, arguing that the rudiments of culture exist in primates and even magpies, and another that views the human transition as so radical that the primate model provides no foundation for understanding human dynamics. Expertly synthesizing a wide body of evidence from the anthropological and life sciences in accessible prose, Read’s book will interest a broad readership from experts to undergraduate students and the general public.

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One theme in Read's (anthropology and statistics, U. of California-Los Angeles) exploration of primate evolution is the increased complexity of the social field arising from an expanded individuality behavior. He covers the primate beginning point, the hunter-gatherer ending point, the chimpanzee middle point, and transition to relational systems of social organization. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Walnut Creek, CA : Left Coast Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781598745894
Characteristics: 236 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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