Mankind Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, Winter

A Short History of the World
A Short History of the World Geoffrey Blainey Ivan R. Dee, Chicago, 2002Numerous reasons have been given as justification for the study of history, but perhaps the most powerful is that no people without a sense of history have ever developed a culture...
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Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb
Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb John U. Ogbu Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003 ISBN: 0805845151Shaker Heights, Ohio seems like the perfect place to live. The neighborhood is highly affluent and the public schools send about 85% of its graduates...
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Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition
Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition Yvonne P. Chirau California University Press, 2003The magico-religious customs of African slaves brought to the Americas from the earliest times was reported to center around fetishes....
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From Grandmother's Shears to the Shield of Achilles: A Look at the European Dimension of the Finnish Folk Culture
The author explores the earliest historical and archaeological record of shears, and uses his findings to discuss how an examination of historical period and Iron Age material culture from wide parts of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe might help...
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Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology
Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology Kate Crehan University of Calfornia Press, 2002Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) was no doubt one of the most powerful of Marxist ideologists after Karl Marx himself. Although Marx's own beliefs as to how Communists could...
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In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English
In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times To the Coming of the English Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, ChicagoThose who live only in the present have only the shallowest understanding of the deeper...
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IQ Population Genetics: It's Not as Simple as You Think
The question of cognitive differences between human populations is one of the most contentious issues in the study of human diversity. After reviewing the worldwide patterns of cognitive test performance, this article evaluates alternative causal hypotheses...
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Komi Mythology
Komi Mythology Edited by A.-L. Siikala, V. Napokkikh and M. Hoppal Akaemiai Kiado Budapest & Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki 2003Komi Mythology, published as a volume in the series entitled The Encyclopaedia of Uralic Mythologies, is a remarkable...
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Sexual Maturation in Well-Off Chandigarh Boys: A Longitudinal Study
The pattern of sexual maturation among 134 adolescent boys representing well-off socio-economic strata of Chandigarh, India, was studied as per Tanner's (1962) method following a mixed longitudinal research design. An early sign of onset of puberty in...
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Some Further Thoughts on the Subject of IQ Population Genetics
The author notes the challenging paper by Gerhard Meisenberg published in this issue of the journal, and makes a number of additional observations which he believes serve to further clarify the causal relationship between the evolutionary history of...
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Symbolization and Conceptualization of Cardinal Directions in Central Eurasia1
This paper is a comparative analysis of the cognitive correlation between the direction words and the direction symbols, involving Altaic, Sino-Tibetan, and Indo-European in its etymological explanations. In ancient mythology the scaly and shell-covered...
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The Battle That Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburger Forest
The Battle that Stopped Rome: Emperor Augustus, Arminius, and the Slaughter of the Legions in the Teutoburger Forest Peter S. Wells W. W. Norton, New York, 2003A little known archaeological investigation, conducted between 1987 and 1992, has definitively...
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