Our Kind: Who We Are, Where We Came From, Where We Are Going

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HarperCollins, Sep 26, 1990 - Social Science - 560 pages
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Writing with the same wit, humor, and style of his earlier bestsellers, noted anthropologist Marvin Harris traces our roots and views our destiny.

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Our kind: who we are, where we came from, where we are going

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Our Kind (meaning the human species), another of anthropologist Harris's popularizing works, is a compendium of short essays (or musings) on an incredibly wide range of topics from fossil humans to ... Read full review

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Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. I've been doing an independent research project that has a lot to do with social anthropology. There is no better source than this book for any anthropological or psychological work.

About the author (1990)

Marvin Harris is an American anthropologist who was educated at Columbia University, where he spent much of his professional career. Beginning with studies on race relations, he became the leading proponent of cultural materialism, a scientific approach that seeks the causes of human behavior and culture change in survival requirements. His explanations often reduce to factors such as population growth, resource depletion, and protein availability. A controversial figure, Harris is accused of slighting the role of human consciousness and of underestimating the symbolic worlds that humans create. He writes in a style that is accessible to students and the general public, however, and his books have been used widely as college texts.

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