Palaeolithic Politics And Why It Still Matters

David Graeber and David Wengrow: Palaeolithic Politics and Why It Still Matters 13 October 2015

David Graeber, David Wengrow

Palaeolithic Politics And Why It Still Matters
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 18:45

Humans have always been politically creative, rarely settling down with just one social order. Egalitarian hunter-gatherers are well aware of the possibilities of hierarchy, just as people in hierarchical systems often experiment with egalitarianism. Life in the palaeolithic was far more interesting that most people think.

Anthropologist David Graeber and archaeologist David Wengrow examine ethnographic and palaeolithic findings to challenge assumptions about development of hierarchical political structures in human society. Lecture based on their paper Ritual Seasonality and the Origins of Inequality.

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