Harvey Whitehouse

Harvey Whitehouse, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, has spent four decades studying some of the most cohesive groups on earth: from the battlefields of the Arab Spring, via millenarian cults on Pacific islands, to violent football fans in South America. At Oxford, he directs the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion and is a founding director of Seshat, a vast database on human history that enables scholars and scientists to test hypotheses about the rise and fall of human civilizations. His latest book – just out – is called Inheritance: The Evolutionary Origins of the Modern World (Penguin Random House).

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