Culture as given, culture as choice / Dirk Van der Elst.

"This written introductory text 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 i...

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Main Author: Van der Elst, Dirk.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, [2003], ©2003.
Edition:Second edition.
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Summary:"This written introductory text 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 students 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 greatly expands the discussion of language, contains a new chapter that demystifies kinship nomenclatures, presents lively vignettes that reinforce the book's valuable insights, and includes thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter."--BOOK JACKET.
Item Description:Includes index.
Physical Description:xix, 308 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
ISBN:1577662695
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