Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

Editor(s): Nicholas J. Allen, Hilary Callan, Robin Dunbar, Wendy James

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405179010

Online ISBN: 9781444302714

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302714

About this Book

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

Table of contents

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  1. Introduction and Background

  2. Part I: Where and When - The Archaeological Evidence for Early Social Life in Africa

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  3. Part II: Women, Children, Men – and the Puzzles of Comparative Social Structure

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  4. Part III: Other Primates and the Biological Approach

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  5. Part IV: Reconstructions - Evidence from Cultural Practice and Language

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  6. Epilogue

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