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    DescriptionOur 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.


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    Title
    The Creation of Inequality
    Subtitle
    How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kent V. Flannery, By (author) Joyce Marcus
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 648
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 50 mm
    Weight: 1,134 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674064690
    ISBN 10: 0674064690
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.1T
    BIC subject category V2: JHM, JFSC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: SOC050000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    DC22: 569.9
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, HIS039000
    DC23: 569.9
    LC classification: GN740 .F54 2012
    Thema V1.0: JBSA, JHM, NHC
    Illustrations note
    30 halftones, 42 line illustrations
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    07 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Kent Flannery is James B. Griffin Distinguished University Professor of Anthropological Archaeology and Curator, Environmental Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, at the University of Michigan. Joyce Marcus is Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Social Evolution and Curator, Latin American Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, at the University of Michigan.
    Review quote
    This provocative work, likely to become an important contribution to the literature of social and political anthropology, will be of interest both to scholars in the field and to anthropology and archaeology enthusiasts seeking understanding of the development and perpetuation of inequality in human societies. -- Elizabeth Salt Library Journal 20120601