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Debt: The First 5,000 Years Debt: The First 5,000 Years (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.15 — 10,746 ratings — published 2011
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Tristes Tropiques Tristes Tropiques (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.15 — 2,561 ratings — published 1955
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Patterns of Culture Patterns of Culture (Paperback)
by (shelved 216 times as anthropology)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,340 ratings — published 1934
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The Golden Bough The Golden Bough (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.03 — 7,552 ratings — published 1890
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Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (Hardcover)
by (shelved 203 times as anthropology)
avg rating 4.01 — 21,403 ratings — published 2010
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Euphoria Euphoria (Hardcover)
by (shelved 175 times as anthropology)
avg rating 3.84 — 60,866 ratings — published 2014
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Structural Anthropology Structural Anthropology (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.94 — 1,382 ratings — published 1958
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The Savage Mind The Savage Mind (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.93 — 1,390 ratings — published 1962
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The Forest People The Forest People (Paperback)
by (shelved 139 times as anthropology)
avg rating 3.93 — 2,102 ratings — published 1961
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The Serpent and the Rainbow The Serpent and the Rainbow (Paperback)
by (shelved 131 times as anthropology)
avg rating 3.91 — 3,755 ratings — published 1985
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The Power of Myth The Power of Myth (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.29 — 41,123 ratings — published 1988
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Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.14 — 1,549 ratings — published 2004
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The Yanomamö The Yanomamö (Paperback)
by (shelved 116 times as anthropology)
avg rating 3.57 — 1,157 ratings — published 1968
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The Nuer The Nuer (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.46 — 885 ratings — published 1940
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Orientalism Orientalism (Paperback)
by (shelved 105 times as anthropology)
avg rating 4.08 — 15,788 ratings — published 1978
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The Mismeasure of Man The Mismeasure of Man (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.04 — 7,710 ratings — published 1982
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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.17 — 21,410 ratings — published 2010
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Pascal Boyer
“[T]he choice of human groupings for cultural comparisons is not a natural or scientific choice, but a political one.”
Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

Christopher  Ryan
“Marriage," "mating," and "love" are socially constructed phenomena that have little or no transferable meaning outside any given culture. The examples we've noted of rampant ritualized group sex, mate-swapping, unrestrained casual affairs, and socially sanctioned sequential sex were all reported in cultures that anthropologists insist are monogamous simply because they've determined that something they call "marriage" takes place there. No wonder so many insist that marriage, monogamy, and the nuclear family are human universals. With such all-encompassing interpretations of the concepts, even the prairie vole, who "sleeps with anyone," would qualify.”
Christopher Ryan, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

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