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The Explanation of Ideology: Family Structure and Social Systems

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Some parts of the world are dominated by communism, others by Catholicism or by Islam and yet others by liberal doctrines. Why should this be? And why has communism triumphed in Russia, China and Cuba, yet failed in Poland, Cambodia and Indonesia? No one knows. Certainly no clear answer lies in variation of climate, environment, race or, even, economic development. The arg ...more
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Published May 1st 1989 by Blackwell Pub (first published October 3rd 1985)
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A Brief Note on Anthropological Determinism


Most people, I really should stress the very few people, that have actually read Todd take him to be something of an anthropological determinist. But this is not entirely true. For instance, Todd, in writing of Anglo-Saxon individualism (the Absolute Nuclear Family) says:

"An egalitarian culture seeks equality between peoples. An inegalitarian culture tends to decree them superior or inferior. The absolute nuclear family is vague in its
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Non-fiction books can discuss ideas that are either wrong, correct but already widely known, or little known and transformative. I'd argue this book falls into the third category. I have come in contact with anthropology every now and then and I consider myself relatively well-versed in a few closely related fields, but I've never come across anything like what Todd argues here. The fact that to this day it is him and this book that is being cited when the topic is ever mentioned seems to confir ...more
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Emmanuel Todd (born 16 May 1951) is a French historian, anthropologist, demographer, sociologist and political scientist at the National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris. His research examines the different types of families worldwide and how there are matching beliefs, ideologies and political systems, and the historical events involving these things.

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