DOMESTICATION AND HISTORICITY:IN MEMORY OF PETER J. WILSON

Jeffrey Sissons

Abstract


In this paper, dedicated to the memory of Peter Wilson, I take as my starting point his last book on cultural evolution – The Domestication of the Human Species – and propose a way in which its thesis might be elaborated and extended. Briefly, I argue that if, as I think Wilson has shown, domestication coincided with the appearance of society as explicit, objectified structure, then this had significant implications for the nature of domesticated historicity. Domestication was not only an epochal break in human history, but it also made possible new modes of social transformation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11157/sites-vol3iss2id20