Re: Truth, Power, Knowledge

Robert Snower (rs219@IDIR.NET)
Wed, 24 Apr 1996 21:31:19 -0500

At 01:14 PM 4/24/96 EST, Marcus Aurin wrote

>The obvious next line of inquiry would be to examine the genealogies of
>value systems based on atomized "nuclear" type family structures. There is
>a burgeoning literature that traces the emergence of such systems to the
>rise of and consolidation of power and authority within centralized, larger
>scale (trans kin-group) governing bodies: centralized administrations
>strove to shore up their sovereignty by breaking down existing, local, kin
>based social authority hierarchies into tractable and powerless small
>(usually bilineal) family units that were dependent on central authority
>--Marcus Aurin
> UMass-Boston
This hypothesis is brand new to me. I thought the "nuclear" type family
structure came from birds. Can you elaborate?

R. Snower