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Early Human Kinship

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336 pages
Early Human Kinship brings together original studies from leading figures in the biological sciences, social anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics to provide a major breakthrough in the debate over human evolution and the nature of society.
  • A major new collaboration between specialists across the range of the human sciences including evolutionary biology and psychology; social/cultural anthropology; archaeology and linguistics
  • Provides a ground-breaking set of original studies offering a new perspective on early human history
  • Debates fundamental questions about early human society: Was there a connection between the beginnings of language and the beginnings of organized 'kinship and marriage'? How far did evolutionary selection favor gender and generation as principles for regulating social relations?
  • Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland in conjunction with the British Academy
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List of Tables List of Figures List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors
Contents
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Why ‘Kinship’? New Questions on an Old Topic Wendy James
A Brief Overview of Human Evolution John A. J. Gowlett and Robin Dunbar
PART I Where and When: The Archaeological Evidence for Early Social Life in Africa 1 Kinship and Material Culture: Archaeological Implications of the Human Global Diaspora Clive Gamble
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Deep Roots of Kin: Developing the Evolutionary Perspective from Prehistory John A. J. Gowlett
PART II Women, Children, Men – and the Puzzles of Comparative Social Structure 3 Early Human Kinship Was Matrilineal Chris Knight
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Alternating Birth Classes: A Note from Eastern Africa Wendy James
Tetradic Theory and the Origin of Human Kinship Systems Nicholas J. Allen
What Can Ethnography Tell Us about Human Social Evolution? Robert Layton
PART III Other Primates and the Biological Approach 7 Kinship in Biological Perspective Robin Dunbar
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The Importance of Kinship in Monkey Society Amanda H. Korstjens
Meaning and Relevance of Kinship in Great Apes Julia Lehmann
Grandmothering and Female Coalitions: A Basis for Matrilineal Priority? Kit Opie and Camilla Power
PART IV Reconstructions: Evidence from Cultural Practice and Language 11 A Phylogenetic Approach to the History of Cultural Practices Laura Fortunato
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Reconstructing Ancient Kinship in Africa Christopher Ehret
The Co-evolution of Language and Kinship Alan Barnard
EPILOGUE Reaching across the Gaps Hilary Callan Appendices to Chapter 12 Bibliography Index
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