A great antidote to the often stultifying sameness of many banal anthropologists. I studied Anthropology in college and found most of my fellow students well meaning but unimaginative. They take anthropology because they are often searching for the perfect society. As very well meaning Americans (although it carries through to all the Western Societies) they are sympathetic to their study participants and will often twist themselves into pretzels to extend understanding and try to come up with rationalizations for maladaptations . They try to cover over unhelpful and ugly traits with the rubric of serving an evolutionary imperative. It is not honest or helpful. Also anthropologists have a long history of trying to fit simpler societies into the peaceful and egalitarian perfection they themselves idealize. Time after time their rose-colored descriptions run into reality and shatter.
This is a factual recitation of example after example of the truth that people are the same all over. It points out the ugly truths in many primitive societies that if they were in a western society would be denounced by those trying to cover them up. It is well sourced and clearly written. Should be required reading in all college anthropology courses.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: FREE PRESS (2 November 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0029089255
- ISBN-13: 978-0029089255
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
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