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By Marvin Harris

During this extraordinary and profound learn the celebrated American anthropologist Marvin Harris indicates how the unending kinds of cultural habit -- frequently so perplexing at the start look -- should be defined as diversifications to specific ecological stipulations. His goal is to account for the evolution of cultural types as Darwin accounted for the evolution of organic types: to teach how cultures undertake their attribute types based on altering ecological modes.

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