Why Humans Have Cultures: Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity

Paperback | April 1, 1995

byMichael Carrithers

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Why 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 inhuman 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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Why 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 inhuman history. Lucid and thought-provoking, he d...

Michael Carrithers is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192892118

ISBN - 13:9780192892119

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"A stimulating contribution to the debate on "the nature of human nature"--extremely well-presented."--William Lipe, Washington State University
.,."presents a complex problem in an entertaining, but lucid format."--Greg Campbell, University of Montana
"[An] excellent discussion of questions basic to anthropology."--Daniel Amos, Pacific University