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Mind the Gap

Tracing the Origins of Human Universals

Editors: Kappeler, Peter M, Silk, Joan (Eds.)

  • Explicit attempt to examine the evolutionary origins of traits that are found in all human societies (human universals)
  • Helps to identify the traits that we share with other primates as well as the traits that distinguish us from other primates so that we gain a deeper insight into what it means to be human
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What makes us human? What made us become the way we are? One way to answer these questions is to identify the traits that all humans share, traits that are universal features of all human societies. Another way to do so is to ask how humans differ from other species, particularly from our closest relatives, the nonhuman primates. The contributors to this book pursue both approaches, in an effort to understand how evolution has shaped modern human behavior and societies.

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 “This edited, 22-chapter volume organizes contributions by experts from a wide range of disciplines … to address the origins and evolution of human universals--specifically, those behavioral and cognitive features that make humans a distinct species from other primates. … In looking for evidence of both convergence and common descent in specific traits, as is common in comparative primatology, contributors make a very strong effort to evaluate the available evidence for evolutionary continuity in human social behavior. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (R. A. Delgado Jr., Choice, Vol. 47 (11), August, 2010)

“Mind the Gap, Tracing the Origins of Human Universals … a collection of contributions dealing with the issue of human uniqueness from a multidisciplinary perspective. … Mind the Gap brings together most of the ‘hot’ topics in primatology, along with interesting contributions from cultural anthropology, and, notably, draws our attention to two critical and frequently omitted aspects of comparative research, namely the importance of studying species that are evolutionarily distant from humans, and not only the great apes, and the need for more cross-cultural research.” (Elsa Addessi, Metascience, Vol. 20, 2011)


Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Primate Behavior and Human Universals: Exploring the Gap

    Kappeler, Peter M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

  • The Deep Structure of Human Society: Primate Origins and Evolution

    Chapais, Bernard

    Pages 19-51

  • Conflict and Bonding Between the Sexes

    Palombit, Ryne A.

    Pages 53-83

  • The Unusual Women of Mpimbwe: Why Sex Differences in Humans are not Universal

    Mulder, Monique Borgerhoff

    Pages 85-106

  • Dominance, Power, and Politics in Nonhuman and Human Primates

    Watts, David P.

    Pages 109-138

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eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-02725-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $159.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-02724-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mind the Gap
Book Subtitle
Tracing the Origins of Human Universals
Editors
  • Peter M Kappeler
  • Joan Silk
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-02725-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-02725-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-02724-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 504
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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