Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture - Chris Knight (complete book)

Rock art image of girl's first menstruation ceremony

This highly original book presents a new theory of the origins of human culture. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biology and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Chris Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a modified extension of primate behaviour and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual and political revolution initiated by women.

"Revolutions in science seldom appear ready made. But I suspect that the basis of a new synthesis between anthropology and biology may well lie within the pages of this book' Robin Dunbar, Times Higher Educational Supplement

"An immense work of documentation and close argument. It appears to solve most of the outstanding conundrums in contemporary anthropology". Peter Redgrove, Times Literary Supplement

"A most important, novel, well-argued and monumental piece of work". J. D. Lewis-Williams.

"This is the most ambitious project on the origins of culture to have emerged for decades". Mary Douglas

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Aug 23 2014 21:10

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  • Everything distinctively human about our nature – our ability to speak, to see ourselves as others see us, to aspire to act on moral principle – has come to prevail thanks to the greatest revolution in history, ‘the revolution which worked’.

    Chris Knight

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Aug 24 2014 17:25