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    Sociocultural Evolution: Calculation and Contingency (New Perspectives on the Past) (Hardback) By (author) Bruce G. Trigger

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    DescriptionSociocultural evolution is the most important concept that has guided social science thought over the past 300 years. Throughout this time it has, however, been fiercely contested and has changed as it has slowly discarded the providential concerns that originally characterized it. This book traces the gradual development of the concept of sociocultural evolution and relates how it is currently understood, and misunderstood, to the major political and cultural debates of the present day. The author examines, in particular, issues relating to neo-conservative socioeconomic policy and postmodernism, which he regards as the chief cultural expression of transnational capitalism. He argues that continued sociocultural development requires a greater degree of planning than ever before in human history and far more general participation in the planning process than has been possible or attempted in the past. Sociocultural Evolution will be welcomed by students of anthropology, history, and archaeology, as well as general readers interested in the concerns surrounding further technological development and social change.


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    Title
    Sociocultural Evolution
    Subtitle
    Calculation and Contingency
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce G. Trigger
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 652 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781557869760
    ISBN 10: 1557869766
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    DC22: 303.4
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    DC21: 303.4
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A33143000, A31300000
    BISAC V2.8: POL029000
    Thema V1.0: JB, JHB, JPQB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
    Publication date
    01 April 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Bruce Trigger is Professor of Anthropology at McGill University in Montreal. He received his PhD from Yale University and has carried out archaeological research in Egypt and the Sudan. His current interests embrace the comparative study of early civilizations and the history of archaeology. His numerous books include "The Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660" (1976), "A History of Archaeological Thought" (1989) and "Early Civilizations" (1993). Professor Trigger has received various awards including the Prix Leon-Gerin from the Quebec government for his sustained contributions to the social sciences.
    Review quote
    "Trigger writes about sociocultural evolution in clear, authoritative prose, informed by a marvelous breadth of scholarship in archaeology, anthropology and history. His historical essay stands as a powerful reminder that diverse social theorists have in common compelling issues and unsolved problems; equally, it is a vigorous tribute to the analytical and moral strengths of the Enlightenment heritage. It is a book to savor, debate, teach, and press on colleagues, students and friends alike." Professor Bruce Winterhalder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Back cover copy
    Sociocultural evolution is the most important concept that has guided social science thought over the past 300 years. Throughout this time it has, however, been fiercely contested and has changed as it has slowly discarded the providential concerns that originally characterized it. This book traces the gradual development of the concept of sociocultural evolution and relates how it is currently understood, and misunderstood, to the major political and cultural debates of the present day. The author examines, in particular, issues relating to neo-conservative socioeconomic policy and postmodernism, which he regards as the chief cultural expression of transnational capitalism. He argues that continued sociocultural development requires a greater degree of planning than ever before in human history and far more general participation in the planning process than has been possible or attempted in the past. "Sociocultural Evolution" will be welcomed by students of anthropology, history, and archaeology, as well as general readers interested in the concerns surrounding further technological development and social change.
    Table of contents
    Series Editor's Preface. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Reversing Utopia. 3. Enlightenment Evolution. 4. Romantic Reaction. 5. Racist Evolution. 6. Revolution and Solidarity. 7. Western Evolutionary Counterpoint. 8. American Neoevolutionism. 9. Evolution Attacked Again. 10. The Planning Imperative. 11. Evolution and the Future. 12. Conclusion. Bibliographic Note. References. Index.