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Hadrian’s review of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
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Jan 02, 2013 11:36PM
Good review. A number of reviews I've read have focussed on the negatives (they also picked out the themes you mention) so it's especially nice to read yours which also picks up on the positives. I'd like to see more stuff from him (or anyone else for that matter) on childcare in tribal societies (the recent grandmother hypothesis is very interesting for example) and on the role of custom and ritual in enforcing conformity in small tribal communities. On the former, Daniel Everett has some interesting observations on childcare among the Pirahã in his book,
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Jan 03, 2013 06:45AM
I find Diamond himself a bit WEIRD, heh heh.
Jan 03, 2013 07:54AM
Excellent, balanced review Hadrian.
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Jan 03, 2013 08:09AM
Nice review, sorry that i omitted to say that--so many of my friends consistently write good reviews, that i eventually run out of adjectives, and start fearing that my response might sound.... insincere?
Anyway, Hadrian is one of my faves, i'm glad i found him!
Jan 03, 2013 08:15AM
Jul 25, 2013 11:56PM
Great review, you picked up on many of the issues that I had with the book.
Nov 09, 2013 02:35AM
Have you read Collapse as well, Hadrian? How much new material is really there this time around (except for the thesis change)? Have been postponing this one for a while now.
Nov 18, 2013 02:04PM
nice review, Hadrian. for everyone else: there is currently a giveaway for this title.
Nov 18, 2013 02:20PM
Riku - Yes, a while ago. There was a more substantive change in areas covered, but Diamond sticks very closely to the idea of environmental collapse instead of tribalism there.
Rand, Cass: Thanks!
Jul 17, 2014 06:11AM
I've read a few chapters out of this book so far and was curious about the discussions the book would generate, so found your review really interesting.
Willingly confining yourself to one language was common when I was growing up. Many of my schoolfriends were ashamed to speak a language other than English.
There are matrilineal societies; Minangkabau in Indonesia are one.
Jan 13, 2016 06:58PM
Willingly confining yourself to one language is anything but dead in the good ol' US of A. Perhaps Hadrian lives in an educated enclave. I also beg to differ with the idea of the Social Contract being a viable substitute for a reparations process in which feelings and needs are addressed. It's not...it just isn't.
Oct 30, 2016 07:36AM
Nice review, Hadrian. Since you didn't see much in the book on matriarchal and matrilineal societies, here are some recommendations:
You can find more on the wikipedia page on that matter and some books here on goodreads, like
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