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The Resource The human swarm : how our societies arise, thrive, and fall, Mark W. Moffett

The human swarm : how our societies arise, thrive, and fall, Mark W. Moffett

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The human swarm : how our societies arise, thrive, and fall
Title
The human swarm
Title remainder
how our societies arise, thrive, and fall
Statement of responsibility
Mark W. Moffett
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating species. If a chimpanzee ventures into the territory of a different group, it will almost certainly be killed. But a New Yorker can fly to Los Angeles--or Borneo--with very little fear. Psychologists have done little to explain this: for years, they have held that our biology puts a hard upper limit--about 150 people--on the size of our social groups. But human societies are in fact vastly larger. How do we manage--by and large--to get along with each other? In this paradigm-shattering book, biologist Mark W. Moffett draws on findings in psychology, sociology and anthropology to explain the social adaptations that bind societies. He explores how the tension between identity and anonymity defines how societies develop, function, and fail. Surpassing Guns, Germs, and Steel and Sapiens, The Human Swarm reveals how mankind created sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity--and what it will take to sustain them
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moffett, Mark W
Dewey number
301
Index
index present
LC call number
HM585
LC item number
.M64 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sociology
  • Communities
Label
The human swarm : how our societies arise, thrive, and fall, Mark W. Moffett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- section I. Affiliation and recognition. What a society isn't (and what it is) ; What vertebrates get out of being in a society ; On the move ; Individual recognition -- section II. Anonymous societies. Ants and humans, apples and oranges ; The ultimate nationalists ; Anonymous humans -- section III. Hunter-gatherers until recent times. Band societies ; The nomadic life ; Settling down -- section IV. The deep history of human anonymous societies. Pant-hoots and passwords -- section V. Functioning (or not) in societies. Sensing others ; Stereotypes and stories ; The great chain ; Grand unions ; Putting kin in their place -- section VI. Peace and conflict. Is conflict necessary? ; Playing well with others -- section VII. The life and death of societies. The lifecycle of societies ; The dynamic "us" ; Inventing foreigners and the death of societies -- section VIII. Tribes to nations. Turning a village into a conquering society ; Building and breaking a nation -- section IX. From captive to neighbor...to global citizen? The rise of ethnicities ; Divided we stand ; The inevitability of societies -- Conclusion: Identities shift and societies shatter -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
on1080600557
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 468 pages
Isbn
9780465055685
Lccn
2018038761
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1080600557
Label
The human swarm : how our societies arise, thrive, and fall, Mark W. Moffett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- section I. Affiliation and recognition. What a society isn't (and what it is) ; What vertebrates get out of being in a society ; On the move ; Individual recognition -- section II. Anonymous societies. Ants and humans, apples and oranges ; The ultimate nationalists ; Anonymous humans -- section III. Hunter-gatherers until recent times. Band societies ; The nomadic life ; Settling down -- section IV. The deep history of human anonymous societies. Pant-hoots and passwords -- section V. Functioning (or not) in societies. Sensing others ; Stereotypes and stories ; The great chain ; Grand unions ; Putting kin in their place -- section VI. Peace and conflict. Is conflict necessary? ; Playing well with others -- section VII. The life and death of societies. The lifecycle of societies ; The dynamic "us" ; Inventing foreigners and the death of societies -- section VIII. Tribes to nations. Turning a village into a conquering society ; Building and breaking a nation -- section IX. From captive to neighbor...to global citizen? The rise of ethnicities ; Divided we stand ; The inevitability of societies -- Conclusion: Identities shift and societies shatter -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
on1080600557
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 468 pages
Isbn
9780465055685
Lccn
2018038761
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1080600557

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