Inventing Western Civilization

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Monthly Review Press, 1997 - History - 156 pages
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What is civilization? The term, commonly identified with "uplift" and "order," has come to take on another meaning: the "civilized" versus the "primitive." This book is about the idea of civilization and how, at different times, the concept has been used by the powerful in order to defend their status. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of early societies, anthropologist Thomas C. Patterson shows how class, sexism, and racism have been integral to the appearance of "civilized" societies in Western Europe.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
CIVILIZATION AND ITS BOOSTERS
27
CIVILIZATION AND ITS CRITICS
57
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Thomas C. Patterson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of California at Riverside.

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