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  • Malay Fishermenby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    The social, political and economic impact of the decline of the old colonial powers in Africa, India and the Middle East are still key areas of scholarly research and debate. Based on careful social observation and empirical research, the titles in The Sociology of Development set of the International Library of Sociology explore the tension between... more...

  • Religion: A Humanist Interpretationby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 47.95

    Religion: A Humanist Interpretation represents a lifetime's work on the anthropology of religion from a rather unusual personal viewpoint. Raymond Firth treats religion as a human art, capable of great intellectual and artistic achievements, but also of complex manipulation to serve the human interests of those who believe in it and operate it. His... more...

  • Primitive Economics of the New Zealand Maori (Routledge Revivals)by Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 53.95

    First published in 1929, Raymond Firth?s original and insightful study offers an incredibly detailed account of the social and economic organisation of the Maori people before their contact with Western civilisation. Bridging the gap between anthropology and economics, the work covers the class structure, land system, industry, methods of co-operative... more...

  • Tikopia Ritual and Belief (Routledge Revivals)by Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 53.95

    First published in 1967, this book gives some of the fruits of the author's study of Tikopia ways of thought as the result of three field expeditions. Most Polynesians became Christians more than a century ago but Tikopia had a substantial pagan population until quite recent years. This bookof essays describes rites and beliefs of a people who still... more...

  • Symbols (Routledge Revivals)by Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This book first published in 1973 offers a broad survey of the study of symbolic ideas and behaviour. The study of symbolism is popular nowadays and anthropologists have made substantial contributions to it. Raymond Firth has long been internationally known for his field research in the Solomons and Malaysia, and for his theoretical work on kinship,... more...

  • Rank and Religion in Tikopia (Routledge Revivals)by Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 46.95

    Originally published in 1970, this book represents a unique study of beliefs and ritual practices in a pagan religion, and of the processes by which a transformation to Christianity took place. Christianity came to the major islands of Polynesia nearly two centuries ago, and within a couple of generations, the traditional pagan religion had disappeared.... more...

  • Primitive Polynesian Economyby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    A great classic of British anthropology, Primitive Polynesian Economy is structured as follows: Problems of Primitive Economics Food and Population in Tikopia Knowledge, Technique and Economic Lore The Labour Situation Ritual in Productive Activity Economic Functions of the Chiefs Property and Capital in Production Principles... more...

  • Social Change in Tikopiaby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Re-visiting Tikopia a decade after his first visit, Raymond Firth here examines what impact the forces of modernization had on Tikopia society with regard to economics, law, politics and social affairs. Suffering a famine whilst there, the author also examined the issues of responsibility for the famine; problems of distribution in ceremonial and ritual;... more...

  • Elements of Social Organisationby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    An illuminating introduction to the methods and problems of social anthropology, this book draws on a wide range of illustrations, including Raymond Firth's own experiences in New Zealand, Malaya and the Solomon Islands. The concept of social organisation is discussed with special reference to the role of individual choice and decision in social... more...

  • We the Tikopiaby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Recognized as a major work when first published, this title has, over the years, become a classic. Forming the basis of modern social anthropology, We the Tikiopia stands in the forefront of its literature. The book is an excellent example of fieldwork analysis of a primitive society; a complete account of the working of a primitive kinship system;... more...