Category Archives: Cultural anthropology

Hierarchy, Freedom and Learning

We, humans, have two fundamentally different ways of governing ourselves in social groups. One is the method of hierarchy, or dominance, or force. I need not describe this method in detail; we are all too familiar with it. This is … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Origins of Morality – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of morality. To what extent is human morality the outcome of continuous development from motives, emotions and social behavior found in nonhuman animals? Jerome Kagan, Hans … Continue reading

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Anthropology as Theoretical Storytelling

Anthropologists are storytellers. We tell stories: other’s stories, our own stories, stories about other’s stories. But when I think about anthropology and storytelling, I think also of something else, of anthropology as theoretical storytelling. What is anthropology as theoretical storytelling? … Continue reading

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

In The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond reveals how traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window onto how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history – until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms – and provide unique, … Continue reading

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The Power of Feasts – From Prehistory to the Present

In this book, Brian Hayden provides the first comprehensive, theoretical work on the history of feasting in pre-industrial societies. As an important barometer of cultural change, feasting is at the forefront of theoretical developments in archaeology. The Power of Feasts … Continue reading

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