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How Society Makes Itself: The Evolution of Political and Economic Institutions
(2006)
  • HOWARD J SHERMAN, University of California, Los Angeles
Abstract

This radical account of the evolution of political, social, and economic institutions weaves together strands of anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and economics. In a highly readable text, Howard Sherman explains the interconnections of ideas and economic forces, and traces the evolution of social and economic institutions from primitive times to the present. Sherman focuses on the myth of "inevitable progress" in technology, and argues that it progresses only when social and economic institutions and dominant ideas encourage it to improve. He shows that throughout history technology, as a part of the economic forces, ebbs and flows to create or undermine existing economic institutions.

Publication Date
2006
Publisher
M. E. Sharpe
Publisher Statement
Chapter 1 posted with permission of M.E. Sharpe. Copyright M.E. Sharpe 2005. See publisher's website for book http://www.mesharpe.com/mall/resultsa.asp?Title=How+Society+Makes+Itself%3A+The+Evolution+of+Political+and+Economic+Institutions.
Citation Information
HOWARD J SHERMAN. How Society Makes Itself: The Evolution of Political and Economic Institutions. New York(2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/howard_j_sherman/7/