The origin of human social institutions
- edited by W.G. Runciman.
- Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, c2001.
- Physical description
- 259 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
- Proceedings of the British Academy 110.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 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.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
These papers bring an interdisciplinary approach to bear on what is arguably the central question in the study of human social evolution: how did the simple hunting and foraging bands of the Upper Palaeolithic evolve into the institutionally complex societies of the so-called Neolithic Revolution? The contributors to this volume are leading experts from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and game theory, all of whom share a common evolutionary perspective. The ideas presented here form a major addition to the widespread current interest in evolutionary theory as applied to human behaviour.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Proceedings of the British Academy 0068-1202 ; 110
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