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The Origin of Human Social Institutions


Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume: 110

Edited By: WG Runciman

259 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Oct 2001 | #124032 | ISBN: 0197262503
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Gathers together internationally renowned scholars in archaeology and the behavioural sciences to address how the simple hunting and foraging bands of the Upper Palaeolithic evolved into the institutionally complex societies of the so-called Neolithic Revolution.

... prestigious volume. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


From Sedentary Foragers to Village Hierarchies: the Emergence of Social Institutions; Different Kinds of History: on the Nature of Lives and Change in Central Europe, c.6000-after 2000BC; The Birth of Architecture; Commodification and Institution in Group-oriented and Individualizing Societies; Social Competition, Social Intelligence, and Why the Bugis Know More about Cooking than about Nutrition; How and Why did Fairness Norms Evolve?; Evolutionary Perspectives on the Origins of Human Social Institutions; Institutional Evolution in the Holocene: The Rise of Complex Societies; From Nature to Culture, from Culture to Society

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