The Dawn of Everything: Social Science with a Mission



The Dawn of Everything is a general-audience social science book with a mission. In a nutshell, the book argues against evolutionary accounts that view  societal development as a trade-off involving increased social complexity, increased social control, and the loss of egalitarian ideals. Since Rousseau’s Social Contract, Graeber and Wengrow argue, Western thought has followed a ‘myth’ which sees inequality and coercion as necessary byproducts of the transition to higher states of civilisation. Laying out a broad array of recent archaeological and classic anthropological evidence, the authors argue that unilineal accounts of world history ignore too much evidence to the contrary to be convincing.

How to Cite

Eräsaari, M. (2023). The Dawn of Everything: Social Science with a Mission. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 47(3), 93–94.