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- DescriptionAt some point in the course of evolution - from a primeval social organization of early hominids - all human societies, past and present, would emerge. In this account of the dawn of human society, Bernard Chapais shows that our kwledge about kinship and society in nhuman primates supports, and informs, ideas first put forward by the distinguished social anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. Chapais contends that only a few evolutionary steps were required to bridge the gap between the kinship structures of our closest relatives - chimpanzees and bobos - and the human kinship configuration. The pivotal event, the author proposes, was the evolution of sexual alliances. Pair-bonding transformed a social organization loosely based on kinship into one exhibiting the strong hold of kinship and affinity. The implication is that the gap between chimpanzee societies and pre-linguistic hominid societies is narrower than we might think. Many books on kinship have been written by social anthropologists, but Primeval Kinship is the first book dedicated to the evolutionary origins of human kinship. And perhaps equally important, it is the first book to suggest that the study of kinship and social organization can provide a link between social and biological anthropology.
- Author BiographyBernard Chapais is Professor of Anthropology, University of Montreal.
- PrizesCommended for PROSE Awards: Biological & Life Sciences 2008.
- Author(s)Bernard Chapais
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2010
- SubjectMarriage, Family & Other Relationships
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note17 line illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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