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  • New Directions in Anthropological Kinshipby Linda Stone

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 38.99

    Following periods of intense debate and eventual demise, kinship studies is now seeing a revival in anthropology. New Directions in Anthropological Kinship captures these recent trends and explores new avenues of inquiry in this re-emerging subfield. The book comprises contributions from primatology, evolutionary anthropology, archaeology, and cultural... more...

  • Incest Avoidance and the Incest Taboosby Arthur Wolf

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 12.99

    Why do most people never have sex with close relatives? And why do they disapprove of other people doing so? Incest Avoidance and Incest Taboos investigates our human inclination to avoid incest and the powerful taboo against incest found in all societies. Both subjects stir strong feelings and vigorous arguments within and beyond academic circles.... more...

  • The Family Estate in Africaby Robert F. Gray; P.H. Gulliver

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 325.00

    Too often accounts of African family life have tended to describe the family in purely static terms. The contributors to this book emphasize the developmental or time dimension of the family, analysing it as a process. In the seven different societies described in East Africa, the Congo and the Transvaal the changing nature of the distribution of... more...

  • Remarks and Inventionsby Rodney Needham

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 280.00

    This volume scrutinizes the questions of conceptualization, method and history in the fields of kinship, social anthropology and structuralism. It puts forward a radical revision of the conventional approaches and criteria. Exploring analysis and method in the disparity between relative age and kinship categories as means of social classification,... more...

  • Three Styles in the Study of Kinshipby J.A. Barnes

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    The study of kinship is a fundamental part of the study and the practice of social anthropology. This volume examines the work of three distinguished anthropologists that bear on kinship and determines what theoretical models are implicit in their writings and assesses to what extent their claims have been validated. The anthropologists studied are... more...

  • Rethinking Marriage and Kinshipby Rodney Needham

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This volume is concerned with two of the fundamental topics of social anthropology, kinship and marriage, approached from a variety of viewpoints by an international group of contributors of diverse experience and background. The wide range of subjects examined includes: Incest, epistemology, linguistics, prescriptive alliance and methodology. Fieldwork... more...

  • Comparative Studies in Kinshipby Jack Goody

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Against the background of the problems involved in the comparative study of human society, the essays in this book show the comparative ideal in practice, which combines elements from both sociology and anthropology. In each essay, specific problems are treated in a way which tests theory against evidence, to replace assertion by demonstration. ... more...

  • Elementary Structures Reconsideredby Francis Korn

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 280.00

    Constituting a measured but devastating critique of LÚvi-Strauss's work on kinship systems, this book deals with prescriptive forms of social classification and had far-reaching implications for anthropological theory when it was originally published. Originally published in 1973. more...

  • Themes in Economic Anthropologyby Raymond Firth

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    The main focus of the volume - the processes of choice and decision-making in different economic systems - offers exceptional scope for the convergence of economic and anthropological perspectives. It concentrates on transactions that both express and influence social relationships and values. Covering a wide geographic area there are specific studies... more...

  • Evolution and Human Kinshipby Austin L. Hughes

    Oxford University Press 1988; US$ 89.99

    A theoretical approach to human social behaviour that is rooted in evolutionary biology and sociobiology, applying the principles of kin selection theory. more...