AzBaja.com, Home of the VW Baja Bug  
BizStore » Books » The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
United States Canada United Kingdom Germany France Japan

BizStore » Book
The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire

List Price: $23.00
Our Price: $20.96
You Save: $2.04 (9%)
Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
Manufacturer: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Author(s): Kent Flannery, Joyce Marcus

Buy it now at Amazon.com!
Add To Cart
Product Description:
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9780674416772
Edition: Reprint
ISBN: 9780674416772
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Harvard University Press
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Harvard University Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 648
Publication Date: 2014-10-06
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Studio: Harvard University Press
Editorial Review:

Our early ancestors lived in small groups and worked actively to preserve social equality. As they created larger societies, however, inequality rose, and by 2500 bce truly egalitarian societies were on the wane. In The Creation of Inequality, Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus demonstrate that this development was not simply the result of population increase, food surplus, or the accumulation of valuables. Instead, inequality resulted from conscious manipulation of the unique social logic that lies at the core of every human group.

A few societies allowed talented and ambitious individuals to rise in prestige while still preventing them from becoming a hereditary elite. But many others made high rank hereditary, by manipulating debts, genealogies, and sacred lore. At certain moments in history, intense competition among leaders of high rank gave rise to despotic kingdoms and empires in the Near East, Egypt, Africa, Mexico, Peru, and the Pacific.

Drawing on their vast knowledge of both living and prehistoric social groups, Flannery and Marcus describe the changes in logic that create larger and more hierarchical societies, and they argue persuasively that many kinds of inequality can be overcome by reversing these changes, rather than by violence.


Buy it now at Amazon.com!
Based on Amazon Store Manager Copyright © 2005 - 2018 Nuke Business Resources
Amazon Store

If you see Errors please E-mail Eric (AT) AzBaja.com X XX XXX
azbaja.com Webutation

eXTReMe Tracker
XXXX
The logos and trademarks used on this site are the property of their respective owners
We are not responsible for comments posted by our users, as they are the property of the poster. Any use, commercial or educational, requires written permission from the author.
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy