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- LSU Press 2008; US$ 22.95
During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, natural and social scientists began comparing certain insects to human social organization. Entomologists theorized that social insects -- such as ants, bees, wasps, and termites -- organize themselves into highly specialized, hierarchical divisions of labor. Using a distinctly human vocabulary... more...
- De Gruyter 2010; US$ 168.00
This study explores the prevalence in German culture of myths about ancient matriarchal societies, tracing their presence in left and right wing politics, feminist and antifeminist writing, sociology, psychoanalysis and literary production. The work of the Swiss theorist of matriarchy, Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815?1887), has been highly influential,... more...
- Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 90.00
The genealogical model has a long-standing history in Western thought. The contributors to this volume consider the ways in which assumptions about the genealogical model?in particular, ideas concerning sequence, essence, and transmission?structure other modes of practice and knowledge-making in domains well beyond what is normally labeled ?kinship.?... more...
- Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 100.00
Louis Dumont's concept of hierarchy continues to inspire social scientists. Using it as their starting point, the contributors to this volume introduce both fresh empirical material and new theoretical considerations. On the basis of diverse ethnographic contexts in Oceania, Asia, and the Middle East they challenge some current conceptions of hierarchical... more...
- Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 88.40
Often labelled rituals or customs, male circumcision and female excision are also irreversible amputations of human genitalia, with disastrous and at times life-long consequences for both males and females. However, scholars and activists alike have b more...
- International Development Research Centre 2010; US$ 25.00
Il nest plus possible, en Afrique et ailleurs, de continuer à penser la question de lexcision comme on le fait depuis 25 ans. La société africaine de linformation est en pleine explosion : les technologies de linformation et de la communication (TIC) ne sont plus une nouveauté, la vie quotidienne est bouleversée... more...
- Springer 2010; US$ 169.00
Circumcision affects 15.3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13.3 million boys and 2 million girls are subjected to the involuntary removal of part or all of their external sexual organs every year. The problem of female circumcision has been addressed on an international level, but male circumcision remains a controversial... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 80.00
First published in 1914, W. H. R. Rivers' hugely influential study was the first to effectively demonstrate the close connection between methods of denoting relationship or kinship and forms of social organisation, including those based on different forms of the institution of marriage. He also shows that the terminology of relationship has been rigorously... more...
- Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 34.95
Anthropology is particularly well suited to explore the contemporary predicament in the coming of age of young men. Its grounded and comparative empiricism provides the opportunity to move beyond statistics, moral panics, or gender stereotypes in order to explore specific aspects of life course transitions, as well as the similar or divergent barriers... more...