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Human Origins: Contributions from Social Anthropology

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Human Origins

Contributions from Social Anthropology

Edited by Camilla Power, Morna Finnegan and Hilary Callan
Afterword by Alan Barnard

364 pages, 6 illus., 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-378-1 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (December 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-426-9 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (December 2016)

eISBN 978-1-78533-379-8 eBook

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“As a biological anthropologist, I welcomed the opportunity to read this book, and found it to be thoughtful and relevant to my work and interests. I will certainly encourage my colleagues to read it.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

“…makes a substantial contribution to what Alan Barnard in his afterword refers to as ‘a new configuration of anthropological ideas,’ a ‘larger’ and more comprehensive anthropology. The volume's two major goals are to reengage social anthropology with research on human origins and, in so doing, to apply insights from sociocultural studies to evolutionary interpretations of symbolic culture, sociality, and cultural variation.” • Choice

“This work provides an important link between social anthropology and evolutionary anthropology, developing a cross-disciplinary approach to understanding human origins.” • Dimitri Bondarenko, The Russian Academy of Sciences


Human Origins brings together new thinking by social anthropologists and other scholars on the evolution of human culture and society. No other discipline has more relevant expertise to consider the emergence of humans as the symbolic species. Yet, social anthropologists have been conspicuously absent from debates about the origins of modern humans. These contributions explore why that is, and how social anthropology can shed light on early kinship and economic relations, gender politics, ritual, cosmology, ethnobiology, medicine, and the evolution of language.

Camilla Power is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East London. Her research has focused on the evolutionary emergence of symbolic culture, language, art and religion.

Morna Finnegan is an independent researcher who has published on the sexual egalitarianism of Central African hunter-gatherers, with a particular focus on the relationship between ritual and political domains.

Hilary Callan is Director Emerita of the Royal Anthropological Institute, having served as Director from 2000 to 2010. She has held various academic positions in anthropology and international education.

Subject: Anthropology (General)


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