Cannibals and Kings: Origins of Cultures


SKU: 9780679728498 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Vintage
Product ID: 883168


In this brilliant and profound study the distinguished American anthropologist Marvin Harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior — often so puzzling at first glance — can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions. His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of biological forms: to show how cultures adopt their characteristic forms in response to changing ecological modes.

A] magisterial interpretation of the rise and fall of human cultures and societies.

— Robert Lekachman, Washington Post Book World

Its persuasive arguments asserting the primacy of cultural rather than genetic or psychological factors in human life deserve the widest possible audience.

— Gloria Levitas The New Leader

An] original and…urgent theory about the nature of man and at the reason that human cultures take so many diverse shapes.

— The New Yorker

Lively and controversial.

— I. Bernard Cohen, front page, The New York Times Book Review

ISBN: 9780679728498
Publisher: Vintage
Pub Date: 06/1991
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.10w x 0.90d

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Weight 0.60 lbs
Dimensions 8.00 × 5.10 × 0.90 in