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The Resource The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond

The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond

Label
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?
Title
The world until yesterday
Title remainder
what can we learn from traditional societies?
Statement of responsibility
Jared Diamond
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years -- until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms -- and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature
Cataloging source
DLC
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Diamond, Jared M
Dewey number
305.89/912
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Dani (New Guinean people)
  • Dani (New Guinean people)
  • Dani (New Guinean people)
  • Social evolution
  • Social change
  • Papua New Guinea
Label
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-481) and index
Contents
PROLOGUE: AT THE AIRPORT: An airport scene -- Why study traditional societies? -- States -- Types of traditional societies -- Approaches, causes, and sources -- A small book about a big subject -- PT. I: SETTING THE STAGE BY DIVIDING SPACE. Chapter 1. FRIENDS, ENEMIES, STRANGERS, AND TRADERS: A boundary -- Mutually exclusive territories -- Non-exclusive land use -- Friends, enemies, and strangers -- First contacts -- Trade and traders -- Market economies -- Traditional forms of trade -- Traditional trade items -- Who trades what? -- Tiny nation -- PT. 2: PEACE AND WAR. Chapter 2. COMPENSATION FOR THE DEATH OF A CHILD: An accident -- A ceremony -- What if...? -- What the state did -- New Guinea compensation -- Life-long relationships -- Other non-state societies -- State authority -- State civil justice -- Defects in state civil justice -- State criminal justice -- Restorative justice -- Advantages and their pride -- Chapter 3. A SHORT CHAPTER, ABOUT A TINY WAR: The Dani War -- The war's time-line -- The war's death toll -- Chapter 4. A LONGER CHAPTER, ABOUT MANY WARS: Definitions of war -- Forms of traditional warfare -- Mortality rates -- Similarities and differences -- Ending warfare -- Effects of European contact -- Warlike animals, peaceful peoples -- Motives for traditional war -- Ultimate reasons -- Whom do people fight? -- Pearl Harbor -- PT. 3: YOUNG AND OLD. Chapter 4. BRING UP CHILDREN: Comparisons of child-reading -- Childbirth -- Infanticide -- Weaning and birth interval -- On-demand nursing -- Infant-adult contact -- Fathers and allo-parents -- Responses to crying infants -- Physical punishment -- Child autonomy -- Multi-age playgroups -- Child play and education -- Their kids and our kids -- Chapter 6. THE TREATMENT OF OLD PEOPLE: CHERISH, ABANDON, OR KILL? The elderly -- Expectations about eldercare -- Why abandon or kill? -- Usefulness of old people -- Society's values -- Society's rules -- Better or worse today? -- What to do with older people -- PT. 4: DANGER AND RESPONSE. Chapter 7. CONSTRUCTIVE PARANOIA: Attitudes towards danger -- A night visit -- A boat accident -- Just a stick in the ground -- Taking risks -- Risks and talkativeness -- Chapter 8. LIONS AND OTHER DANGERS: Dangers of traditional life -- Accidents -- Vigilance -- Human violence -- Diseases -- Responses to diseases -- Starvation -- Unpredictable food shortages -- Scatter your land -- Seasonality and food storage -- Diet broadening -- Aggregation and dispersal -- Responses to danger -- PT. 5: RELIGION, LANGUAGE, AND HEALTH. Chapter 9. WHAT ELECTRIC EELS TELL US ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF RELIGION: Questions about religion -- Definitions of religion -- Functions and electric eels -- The search for causal explanations -- Supernatural beliefs -- Religion's function of explanation -- Defusing anxiety -- Providing comfort -- Organization and obedience -- Codes of behavior towards strangers -- Justifying war -- Badges of commitment -- Measures of religious success -- Changes in religion's functions -- Chapter 10. SPEAKING IN MANY TONGUES: Multilingualism -- The world's language total -- How languages evolve -- Geography of language diversity -- Traditional multilingualism -- Benefits of bilingualism -- Alzheimer's Disease -- Vanishing languages -- How languages disappear -- Are minority languages harmful? -- Why preserve language? -- How can we protect languages? -- Chapter 11. SALT, SUGAR, FAT, AND SLOTH: Non-communicable diseases -- Our salt intake -- Salt and blood pressure -- Causes of hypertension -- Dietary sources of salt -- Diabetes -- Types of diabetes -- Genes, environment, and diabetes -- Pima Indians and Nauru Islanders -- Diabetes in India -- Benefits of genes for diabetes -- Why is diabetes low in Europeans? -- The future of non-communicable diseases -- EPILOGUE: AT ANOTHER AIRPORT: From the jungle to the 405 -- Advantages of the modern world -- Advantages of the traditional world -- What can we learn?
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 499 p.
Isbn
9780670024810
Lccn
2012018386
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
  • ocn793726658
  • (OCoLC)793726658
Label
The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?, Jared Diamond
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-481) and index
Contents
PROLOGUE: AT THE AIRPORT: An airport scene -- Why study traditional societies? -- States -- Types of traditional societies -- Approaches, causes, and sources -- A small book about a big subject -- PT. I: SETTING THE STAGE BY DIVIDING SPACE. Chapter 1. FRIENDS, ENEMIES, STRANGERS, AND TRADERS: A boundary -- Mutually exclusive territories -- Non-exclusive land use -- Friends, enemies, and strangers -- First contacts -- Trade and traders -- Market economies -- Traditional forms of trade -- Traditional trade items -- Who trades what? -- Tiny nation -- PT. 2: PEACE AND WAR. Chapter 2. COMPENSATION FOR THE DEATH OF A CHILD: An accident -- A ceremony -- What if...? -- What the state did -- New Guinea compensation -- Life-long relationships -- Other non-state societies -- State authority -- State civil justice -- Defects in state civil justice -- State criminal justice -- Restorative justice -- Advantages and their pride -- Chapter 3. A SHORT CHAPTER, ABOUT A TINY WAR: The Dani War -- The war's time-line -- The war's death toll -- Chapter 4. A LONGER CHAPTER, ABOUT MANY WARS: Definitions of war -- Forms of traditional warfare -- Mortality rates -- Similarities and differences -- Ending warfare -- Effects of European contact -- Warlike animals, peaceful peoples -- Motives for traditional war -- Ultimate reasons -- Whom do people fight? -- Pearl Harbor -- PT. 3: YOUNG AND OLD. Chapter 4. BRING UP CHILDREN: Comparisons of child-reading -- Childbirth -- Infanticide -- Weaning and birth interval -- On-demand nursing -- Infant-adult contact -- Fathers and allo-parents -- Responses to crying infants -- Physical punishment -- Child autonomy -- Multi-age playgroups -- Child play and education -- Their kids and our kids -- Chapter 6. THE TREATMENT OF OLD PEOPLE: CHERISH, ABANDON, OR KILL? The elderly -- Expectations about eldercare -- Why abandon or kill? -- Usefulness of old people -- Society's values -- Society's rules -- Better or worse today? -- What to do with older people -- PT. 4: DANGER AND RESPONSE. Chapter 7. CONSTRUCTIVE PARANOIA: Attitudes towards danger -- A night visit -- A boat accident -- Just a stick in the ground -- Taking risks -- Risks and talkativeness -- Chapter 8. LIONS AND OTHER DANGERS: Dangers of traditional life -- Accidents -- Vigilance -- Human violence -- Diseases -- Responses to diseases -- Starvation -- Unpredictable food shortages -- Scatter your land -- Seasonality and food storage -- Diet broadening -- Aggregation and dispersal -- Responses to danger -- PT. 5: RELIGION, LANGUAGE, AND HEALTH. Chapter 9. WHAT ELECTRIC EELS TELL US ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF RELIGION: Questions about religion -- Definitions of religion -- Functions and electric eels -- The search for causal explanations -- Supernatural beliefs -- Religion's function of explanation -- Defusing anxiety -- Providing comfort -- Organization and obedience -- Codes of behavior towards strangers -- Justifying war -- Badges of commitment -- Measures of religious success -- Changes in religion's functions -- Chapter 10. SPEAKING IN MANY TONGUES: Multilingualism -- The world's language total -- How languages evolve -- Geography of language diversity -- Traditional multilingualism -- Benefits of bilingualism -- Alzheimer's Disease -- Vanishing languages -- How languages disappear -- Are minority languages harmful? -- Why preserve language? -- How can we protect languages? -- Chapter 11. SALT, SUGAR, FAT, AND SLOTH: Non-communicable diseases -- Our salt intake -- Salt and blood pressure -- Causes of hypertension -- Dietary sources of salt -- Diabetes -- Types of diabetes -- Genes, environment, and diabetes -- Pima Indians and Nauru Islanders -- Diabetes in India -- Benefits of genes for diabetes -- Why is diabetes low in Europeans? -- The future of non-communicable diseases -- EPILOGUE: AT ANOTHER AIRPORT: From the jungle to the 405 -- Advantages of the modern world -- Advantages of the traditional world -- What can we learn?
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 499 p.
Isbn
9780670024810
Lccn
2012018386
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
  • ocn793726658
  • (OCoLC)793726658

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