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The Sex Strike Theory Of Human Origins
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 18:45
Professor Chris Knight is best known for his highly original 'sex-strike' theory of human biological and cultural origins. Instead of attempting to explain human nature piecemeal, one theory for each component, Knight's approach is designed to join up the dots. Spectacularly confirmed by recent discoveries in archaeology, this is one of the few successful attempts to put together the big picture, explaining religion, language, sexual morality and the whole range of distinctively human characteristics on the basis of one simple principle.
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Ethnographers of Congo Basin hunter-gatherers have emphasised ritual as a levelling mechanism that sustains egalitarianism by strengthening community spirit and mediating power evenly between individuals and subgroups. My talk will discuss how both mythology and ritual are involved in mutual causal interactions with other factors of social life that mark the emergence of inequality among a small community of Baka former hunter-gatherers. An emerging ideology of male predominance in mythology mirrors the same phenomenon in ritual, kinship practices and household economics. I argue that this preoccupation with patriarchal concerns in mythology is one of several strands of evidence pointing to the centrality of gender politics in the emergence of inequality among the Baka.