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  • Primitive Classification (Routledge Revivals)by Emile Durkheim; Marcel Mauss

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 49.95

    In this influential work, first published in English in 1963, Durkheim and Mauss claim that the individual mind is capable of classification and they seek the origin of the ?classificatory function? in society. On the basis of an intensive examination of forms and principles of symbolic classification reported from the Australian aborigines, the Zuņi... more...

  • Safe, Voluntary, Informed Male Circumcision and Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programmingby UNAIDS

    World Health Organization 2008; US$ 15.00

    Throughout the world HIV prevalence is generally lower in populations that practice male circumcision than in populations where most men are uncircumcised. This has been observed over the years of the epidemic and has been confirmed by three randomized controlled trials concluded in 2005-2006.The results have led to the conclusion that male circumcision... more...

  • UNAIDS Legal and Regulatory Self-Assessment Tool for Male Circumcision in sub-Saharan Africaby UNAIDS

    World Health Organization 2008; US$ 10.00

    This self-assessment tool provides practical guidance on legal, regulatory, and policy considerations associated with implementation and scale-up of male circumcision services for HIV transmission prevention in sub-Saharan Africa more...

  • The Social Construction of Communitiesby Mark D. Varien; James M. Potter

    AltaMira Press 2008; US$ 84.99

    The Social Construction of Communities examines formation of ancient communities in the Southwest, focusing especially on the fundamental theoretical concepts of structure, agency, and identity construction. more...

  • Sexual Selection and the Origins of Human Mating Systemsby Alan F. Dixson

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 69.99

    Comparative analyses of the anatomy, reproductive physiology, and behaviour of extant primates and other mammals can offer important insights into the origins of human sexual behaviour, allowing us to reconstruct the origins of human mating systems, the evolution of sexual attractiveness, patterns of mate choice, and copulatory behaviour. Sexual Selection... more...

  • Debugging the Link between Social Theory and Social Insectsby Diane M. Rodgers

    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...

  • Myth, Matriarchy and Modernityby Peter Davies

    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...

  • Kinship And Beyondby Sandra Bamford; James Leach

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 29.95

    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...

  • Hierarchyby Knut M. Rio; Olaf H. Smedal

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 34.95

    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...

  • Fearful Symmetriesby Chantal Zabus

    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...