The Creation of Inequality by Kent Flannery
How Our Prehistoric Ancestors Set the Stage for Monarchy, Slavery, and Empire

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The authors' chronology is also unconvincing. Though they know that the hereditary principle predated agriculture, Mr. Flannery and Ms. Marcus cannot quite shed the Rousseauian illusion that it started with sedentary life.
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Flannery and Marcus demonstrate that the rise of inequality was not simply the result of population increase, food surplus, or the accumulation of valuables but resulted from conscious manipulation of the unique social logic that lies at the core of every human group. Reversing the social logic can reverse inequality, they argue, without violence.
 

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Kent Flannery is James B. Griffin Distinguished University Professor of AnthropologicalArchaeology and Curator, Environmental Archaeology at the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 646 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Felipe Fernndezarmesto on May 10 2012

The authors' chronology is also unconvincing. Though they know that the hereditary principle predated agriculture, Mr. Flannery and Ms. Marcus cannot quite shed the Rousseauian illusion that it started with sedentary life.

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