The chosen primate: human nature and cultural diversity

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Publisher:
Harvard University Press,
Pub. Date:
1994.
Language:
English
Description

The great debates about human origins, cultural history, and human nature confront us with two opposing images of human beings. One view emphasizes biology, the other emphasizes culture as the foundation of human behavior. In The Chosen Primate, Adam Kuper reframes these debates and reconsiders the fundamental questions of anthropology. Balancing biological and cultural perspectives, Kuper reviews our beliefs about human origins, the history of human culture, genes and intelligence, the nature of the gender differences, and the foundations of human politics.

More Details
ISBN:
9780674425637
9780674128255
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 58b435a2-fed9-1ec2-0396-b43d1487e656
full_title chosen primate human nature and cultural diversity
author kuper adam
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-07-04 09:34:21AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Kuper, Adam.
author_display Kuper, Adam
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description We are all Darwinians now. Yet while we know that five million years ago our ancestors were much like chimpanzees, we still can't say why we, of all primates, became human. Is there a Darwinian explanation for how Homo sapiens evolved? Or has human culture made us so very different from other animals that we require a distinctive strategy to explain our development? These questions, at the heart of the great debate on human origins and the history of human culture, are the focus of The Chosen Primate, a fundamental rethinking of the pursuits of anthropology. Balancing biological and cultural perspectives, Adam Kuper reviews our beliefs about human origins, the history of human culture, genes and intelligence, the nature of the differences between males and females, and the foundations of human politics. Within the context of Darwinian theory, he traces the influence of eugenics, sociobiology, and gender studies on anthropology. The Chosen Primate is also a fascinating narrative of the history of the people and places that have shaped anthropology, taking us to Olduvai Gorge with the Leakeys, the Kalahari with the Marshalls, and Samoa with Margaret Mead. The Chosen Primate ends by looking forward to the next millennium, noting that our future depends on our response to another fundamental question: Will our culture, which has given us the means to adapt successfully to nature, ultimately destroy nature? In raising this question, Kuper shows that debates in anthropology are more than just academic disputes - they engage the major issues of our time.
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 58b435a2-fed9-1ec2-0396-b43d1487e656
isbn 9780674128255, 9780674425637
item_details ils:.b13151630|.i11078972|Central Adult Nonfiction|301 KUPER|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 01, 2017|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 301 KUPER
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780674425637
publishDate 1994
record_details ils:.b13151630|Book|Books||English|Harvard University Press,|1994.|xiv, 269 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13151630|.i11078972|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Anthropology, Culture, Human beings
title_display The chosen primate : human nature and cultural diversity
title_full The chosen primate : human nature and cultural diversity / Adam Kuper
title_short The chosen primate :
title_sub human nature and cultural diversity