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Book on tribal people condemned by NGO

Book on tribal people condemned by NGO

Updated 20 February 2013, 18:21 AEST

A dispute has erupted between Pulitzer prize-winning author Jared Diamond and a UK based NGO over his latest book comparing western and tribal societies.

Survival International, which advocates for tribal societies, says the book "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?" suggests that tribal people engage in constant warfare, and need the benevolent hand of the state to stop them killing each other.

Johnathan Mazower, a spokesman for Survival International, tells Bruce Hill that Professor Diamond seems to see modern tribal people as in effect living fossils which will eventually evolve and progress, which sounds like the arguments used to defend colonialism.

We hope to bring you Professor Diamonds response to this tomorrow.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Johnathan Mazower, a spokesman for Survival International in the United Kingdom

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