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The Tribal Imagination

Civilization and the Savage Mind

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$40.00 • £32.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674059016

Publication Date: 03/08/2011


432 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

28 line illustrations, 3 maps


  • Prologue: The Miracle and the Drumbeats
  • 1. Time out of Mind: Tribal Tempo and Civilized Temporality
  • 2. The Human in Human Rights: Tribal Needs and Civilized Ideals
  • 3. The Kindness of Strangers: Tribalism and the Trials of Democracy
  • 4. Sects and Evolution: Tribal Splits and Creedal Schisms
  • 5. Which Ten Commandments?: Tribal Taboo and Priestly Morality
  • 6. Incest and In-Laws: Tribal Norms and Civilized Narratives
  • 7. Forbidden Partners: Ancient Themes in Modern Literature
  • 8. In the Company of Men: Tribal Bonds in Warrior Epics
  • 9. Playing by the Rules: Savage Rhythms and Civilized Rhymes
  • 10. Seafood and Civilization: From Tribal to Complex Society
  • 11. The Route to Civilization: From Tribal to Political Society
  • 12. Open Societies and Closed Minds: Tribalism versus Civilization
  • 13. The Old Adam and the Last Man: Taming the Savage Mind
  • Epilogue: The Dream-Man
  • Appendix: Transitional Time at the Edge of Chaos
  • Notes and References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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