- Paperback: 648 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (October 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780674416772
- ISBN-13: 978-0674416772
- ASIN: 0674416775
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
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The Creation of Inequality: How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire Paperback – October 6, 2014
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Kent Flannery is James B. Griffin Distinguished University Professor of Anthropological Archaeology and Curator of Human Ecology and Archaeobiology at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan.
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Actually the book discusses the same issue of institutional development from the antropology and argeology point of view as Francis Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution does from history and political science point of view but concentrating on human prehistory instead of history.
So I would say this book is not only for antropology&argeology enthusiasts but should also be read by people interested in economy and political science who will widen their understanding on the evolution of institutions. Meaning people following scientists like Fukuyama, Daron Acemoglu, Avner Greif or Peyton Young. Institutional evolution has been an ongoing process duuring the human history since extended families started to give room for more complex societies and collective ownership for private ownership.
Outstanding example of how coordinated ethnographic and archaeological investigations can provide a nuanced understanding of the origin of hereditary inequality and the evolutionary consequences of this transition.