Anthropologist Chris Knight reviews his book Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture 30 years on.
You can read articles he has written for the Weekly Worker here
Chris Knight is a British anthropologist and high-profile political activist. He became a lecturer in anthropology at the University of East London in 1989 and a professor at the same institution in 2000. He is currently a senior research fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Knight is a founding member of the Radical Anthropology Group (RAG).
Knight published his first book, Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture in 1991. Since then, he has been a major figure in debates on the origins of human symbolic culture and especially the origin of language. He is best-known for the theory that human language, religion and culture emerged in our species not simply by gradual Darwinian evolution, but in a process culminating in revolutionary social change – what is often termed “the first human revolution”.
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