The Origin of Human Social Institutions

Hardcover | October 1, 2001

EditorW. G. Runciman

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These papers bring an interdisciplinary approach to bear on what is arguably the central question in the study of human social evolution: how did the simple hunting and foraging bands of the Upper Palaeolithic evolve into the institutionally complex societies of the so-called NeolithicRevolution? The contributors to this volume are leading experts from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and game theory, all of whom share a common evolutionary perspective. The ideas presented here form a major addition to the widespread current interest in evolutionary theory asapplied to human behaviour.

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These papers bring an interdisciplinary approach to bear on what is arguably the central question in the study of human social evolution: how did the simple hunting and foraging bands of the Upper Palaeolithic evolve into the institutionally complex societies of the so-called NeolithicRevolution? The contributors to this volume are lea...

W. G. Runciman is a Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ofer Bar-Yosef: From Sedentary Foragers to Village Hierarchies: the Emergence of Social InstitutionsAlasdair Whittle: Different Kinds of History: on the Nature of Lives and Change in Central Europe, c.6000-after 2000BCRichard Bradley: The Birth of ArchitectureColin Renfrew: Commodification and Institution in Group-oriented and Individualizing SocietiesJerome Barkow: Social Competition, Social Intelligence, and Why the Bugis Know More about Cooking than about NutritionKenneth Binmore: How and Why did Fairness Norms Evolve?Robert Foley: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Origins of Human Social InstitutionsPeter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd: Institutional Evolution in the Holocene: The Rise of Complex SocietiesW. G. Runciman: From Nature to Culture, from Culture to Society