Here is a list of some of the books/papers from anthropologists/archaeologists that I am aware of on the topics of egalitarianism and it’s opposite hierarchy and control by the Power Elite. The ones marked with an * are my personal favorites and might be ones to start with, and those marked + I have, but have yet to read. I hope they help in your quest to understand the downfall of man (and woman if she keeps following and being dominated by him).
* James Woodburn, Egalitarian Societies, Man, New Series, Vol. 17, No. 3, Sep 1982, p 431-451, https://libcom.org/files/EGALITARIAN%20SOCIETIES%20-%20James%20Woodburn.pdf
Richard Borsay Lee, Power and Property in Twenty-First Century Foragers, A Critical Examination, 2004, https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/17943/1/TSpace0098.PDF
Christopher Boehm,Conflict and the Evolution of Social Control, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 7, No. 1-2, 2000, p. 79-101. https://libcom.org/files/Hunter-Gatherer%20Egalitarianism%20by%20Christopher%20Boehm.pdf
Christopher Boehm, et. al., Egalitarian Behavior and Reverse Dominance Hierarchy, Current Anthropology, Vol 34, No 3, June 1993. http://www.unl.edu/rhames/courses/current/readings/boehm.pdf
Doron Shultziner, From the Beginning of History; Paleolithic Democracy, the Emergence of Hierarchy, and the Reemergence of Political Egalitarianism. http://www.foti-peter.hu/Schulzinger_From_the_Beginning_of_History.pdf
* John H. Bodley, Socioeconomic Growth, Culture Scale, and Household Well-being, A Test of the Power Elite Hypothesis, Current Anthropology, Vol 40, No 5, Dec 1999. http://libarts.wsu.edu/anthro/pdf/Bodley%201999%20Socio-economic%20Growth.pdf
John H. Bodley, Anthropology and Global Environmental Change, Encyclopedia of global Environmental Change, 2002. http://libarts.wsu.edu/anthro/pdf/Bodley%20GB801-W.pdf
John H. Bodley, Growth, Sustainability, and the Power of Scale, Dimensions of Sustainable Development, Vol II, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. http://www.eolss.net/Sample-Chapters/C13/E1-46B-27.pdf
* John Bodley, CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: TRIBES, STATES, AND THE GLOBAL SYSTEM 5th Edition ( http://www.amazon.com/Cultural-Anthropology-Tribes-States-Global/dp/0759118663 ).
John Bodley, VICTIMS OF PROGRESS, 6TH EDITION (http://www.amazon.com/Victims-Progress-John-H-Bodley/dp/1442226935/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8).
John Bodley, ANTHROPOLOGY AND CONTEMPORARY HUMAN PROBLEMS, 6TH Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Anthropology-Contemporary-Human-Problems-Bodley/dp/0759121583/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8) are also quite good. If you interested in these, I would start with CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, and then go to the next two if the topic really interests you.
* Guy Gibbon, THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF MINNESOTA, http://www.amazon.com/Archaeology-Minnesota-Prehistory-Mississippi-Region/dp/0816679096/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450712154&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=The+Archeaology+of+MN%2C+Guy+Gibbon
Thoams Widlok and Wolde Gossa Tadesse, PROPERTY AND EQUALITY, VOLUME 1 – Ritualization, Sharing, Egalitarianism & VOLUME 2 Encapsulation, Commercialization, Discrimination. http://www.amazon.com/Property-Equality-Volume-Ritualization-Egalitarianism/dp/1845452135, http://www.amazon.com/Property-Equality-Volume-Commercialization-Discrimination/dp/1845452143/ref=pd_sim_14_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51iFFnQYsmL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=0RT81JAE27SPSSHG3WR2
+ Frank W. Marlowe, THE HADZA, HUNTER GATHERERS OF TANZANIA. http://www.amazon.com/Hadza-Hunter-Gatherers-Tanzania-Origins-Behavior/dp/0520253426/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450717337&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=THE+HAZDA%2C+HUNTER
+ Richard Borsahay Lee, The !KUNG SAN, MEN, WOMEN, AND WORK IN A FORAGING SOCIETY. http://www.amazon.com/Kung-San-Women-Foraging-Society/dp/0521295610/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450717463&sr=1-1&keywords=lEE%2C+%21kUNG+sAN
Richard B. Lee, THE DOBE !KUNG. http://www.amazon.com/Dobe-Kung-Studies-Cultural-Anthropology/dp/0030638038/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450717463&sr=1-2&keywords=lEE%2C+%21kUNG+sAN
+ Christopher Boehm, HIERARCHY IN THE FOREST, http://www.amazon.com/Hierarchy-Forest-Evolution-Egalitarian-Behavior/dp/0674006917/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450717728&sr=1-1&keywords=boehm%2C+hierarchy+in+the+forest
* Christopher Boehm, MORAL ORIGINS, http://www.amazon.com/Moral-Origins-Evolution-Virtue-Altruism/dp/0465020488/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
+ Harry Walker, UNDER A WATCHFUL EYE: SELF, POWER, AND INTIMACY IN AMAZONIA, http://www.amazon.com/Under-Watchful-Eye-Ethnographic-Subjectivity/dp/0520273605
Joseph A. Tainter, THE COLLAPSE OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES, http://www.amazon.com/Collapse-Complex-Societies-Studies-Archaeology/dp/052138673X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450718094&sr=8-1&keywords=tainter+the+collapse+of+complex+societies