On Primitive Society

and other forbidden topics

by C.R.Hallpike



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/12/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 448
ISBN : 9781456783785
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 448
ISBN : 9781456783792

About the Book

Political correctness in social anthropology has made the terms ‘primitive society’, ‘social evolution’ and even ‘human nature’ unacceptable, and removed the possibility of open academic debate about them. Written from the perspective of a lifetime’s research, this collection of papers takes a hard look at these taboos, and challenges some fundamental assumptions of post-modern thinking. Including some new material on memetics, evolutionary psychology and Darwinian theory in the social sciences, this collection provides a long-overdue assessment of some key topics in modern anthropology.

About the Author

The author is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University, Canada; a Doctor of Letters of Oxford University; and sometime Bye Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. He has written numerous books, including The Foundations of Primitive Thought, The Principles of Social Evolution, The Evolution of Moral Understanding and, most recently, How We Got Here: from bows and arrows to the space age.