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  • Myth, Matriarchy and Modernityby Peter Davies

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 196.00

    The series publishes monographs and edited volumes that showcase significant scholarly work at the various intersections that currently motivate interdisciplinary inquiry in German cultural studies. Topics span all periods of German and German-speaking lands and cultures from the local to the global, with a special focus on demonstrating... more...

  • Les Structures Élémentaires de la Parentéby Claude Lévi-Strauss

    De Gruyter 2002; US$ 98.00

    In Les Structures Élémentaires de la Parenté , the early opus magnum of French Structuralism, Lévi-Strauss tries to explain the systems of kinship and marriage in their enormous diversity and their frequently bizarre institutions, by means of a single principle: the exchange. Exchange is perceived to be the manifestation of fundamental... 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$ 45.27

    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$ 53.95

    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...

  • (Wahl-)Verwandtschaft - Zur Erklärung verwandtschaftlichen Handelnsby Nina Jakoby

    VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2008; US$ 28.20

    Diese Arbeit stellt eine leicht überarbeitete Version meiner Dissertation an der RWTH Aachen dar. Mein größter Dank gilt meiner Freundin Michaela, die mich immer uneingeschränkt unterstützt und ermutigt hat, an die Fertigstellung der Arbeit zu glauben. Sie hat einen g- ßeren Beitrag zu der Dissertation geleistet, als ihr wahrscheinlich bewusst ist.... more...