Sick Societies

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Author and scholar Robert Edgerton challenges the notion that primitive societies were happy and healthy before they were corrupted and oppressed by colonialism. He surveys a range of ethnographic writings, and shows that many of these so-called innocent societies were cruel, confused, and misled.

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For a couple of years now I've tried to find out, if there ever has been a human society deserving to be called benign, if it is possible at all for human beings to live together without exploiting ... Read full review

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I actually read this because it was briefly mentioned in my Intro to Sociology textbook. A bit scholarly for the average person, but an interesting look at cultures, especially their "bad" traits. Read full review

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Robert Edgerton, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of the department of anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles and the author of several books, including Like Lions They Fought, Sick Societies, and Warriors of the Rising Sun.

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