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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SICK SOCIETIES: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony

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An unsentimental look at the ways in which ``primitive'' or ``folk'' societies, independent of colonial influence, engender in their inhabitants the anxiety, alienation, and suffering we have ... 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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