Culture As Given, Culture As Choice, 2nd Edition

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ISBN : 1577662695

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This creatively written introductory work is full of insights about how humanity’s defining adaptation has evolved and functions. What makes van der Elst’s approach uniquely engaging is his focus on the implications of technology, the ways humans organize themselves, and value assumptions for individuals’ life chances and choices. He confronts readers with the need to question their enculturated biases, instills appreciation of the origins of culture in biology and language, and explains such topics as the varieties of family and marriage types and the rise of inequality. Extending the thrust of the popular first edition, this totally revised second edition includes: 1) highlighted, entertaining vignettes that serve as germane examples; 2) an expanded treatment of language; 3) end-of-chapter questions for reflection and discussion; and 4) a new chapter that demystifies kinship nomenclature. (Not-for-sale instructor resource material available to college and university faculty only; contact the publisher directly.)
Author : Dirk van der Elst
ISBN : 1577662695
Language : English
No of Pages : 328
Edition : 2nd
Publication Date : 2/1/2003
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.9x6x0.8
Book weight : 0.01

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