Monday, May 15, 2006

New Publication of Interest...

A new book has been published which carries a variety of articles on the origins-of-violence/war issue, some of which parallel the findings in James DeMeo's Saharasia.  Titled "The Rule of Mars", edited by Christina Biaggi, it also carries an article by DeMeo:

James DeMeo "The Saharasian Origins of Patriarchal Authoritarian Culture", in The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy, Christina Biaggi, Editor, Knowledge, Ideas and Trends Publisher, Conn., 2006.

Here's the publisher's description:

The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy
 Edited by Dr. Cristina Biaggi
This outstanding collection of 32 essays from renowned scholars,
 artists and activists is a fresh approach to a topic with ancient
 roots. Patriarchy is not the inevitable outcome of civilization, these
 authors contend, but rather a deliberately chosen social structure with
 a beginning, a middle, and, hopefully, an end.

 This diverse collection of provocative authors each takes her or his
 own approach to the material at hand. Together they examine the
 possible origins of patriarchy such as the collapse of the fertility of
 the once "fertile crescent" to the loss of land in the great Black Sea
 flood. They examine the evidence of ancient cultures based on equality
 and a reverence for both genders, contrasting that with the
 contemporary patriarchy that brings so much strife to our world.  And
 they bring hope with thoughtful suggestions for real change so that
 humankind can once again live in equality.

 This outstanding collection, brought together by Cristina Biaggi,
 includes essays by an outstanding field of writers from several
 disciplines such as Riane Eisler (author of The Chalice and the Blade),
 anthropologists Peggy Reeves Sanday and James DeMeo, biologist Mary
 Clark, historian Mark Kann of Stanford University, linguist Harald
 Haarman, writer Donna Henes, artist Suzanne Bellamy, psychiatrist
 Glenda Cloughley, and several others.

 The Rule of Mars will make you think, consider, and question the very
 structure of your world.

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