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

    OUP Oxford 2009; US$ 74.99

    This book demonstrates how detailed comparative analyses of the anatomy, reproductive physiology, and behaviour of non-human primates and other mammals can offer profound insights into the origins of human sexual behaviour. 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$ 147.97

    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... more...

  • Kinship and Beyondby Sandra Bamford; James Leach

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 34.95

    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...

  • The Ways of Friendshipby Amit Desai; Evan Killick

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 29.95

    Friendship is an essential part of human experience, involving ideas of love and morality as well as material and pragmatic concerns. Making and having friends is a central aspect of everyday life in all human societies. Yet friendship is often considered of secondary significance in comparison to domains such as kinship, economics and politics. How... more...

  • Excisionby Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla; Joëlle Palmieri

    International Development Research Centre 2010; US$ 25.00

    Il n’est plus possible, en Afrique et ailleurs, de continuer à penser la question de l’excision comme on le fait depuis 25 ans. La société africaine de l’information est en pleine explosion : les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) ne sont plus une nouveauté, la vie quotidienne est bouleversée... more...

  • Pathways to Powerby T. Douglas Price; Gary M. Feinman

    Springer New York 2010; US$ 42.77

    In a follow-up to their 1995 book Foundations of Social Inequality, the editors of this volume have compiled a new and comprehensive group of studies on the central questions of when and where hierarchy appears in human society, as well as how it operates. more...

  • Kinship and Social Organisation (Routledge Revivals)by W. H. R. Rivers

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    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...