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Anthropology

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  • Relationships, Residence and the Individualby Stephen Gudeman

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95

    Representing a departure from traditional studies of social organisation, the book asserts that a kinship system is best understood as a system of concepts rather than as a set of empirical relationships. Three aspects of life in the Panamanian community of Los Boquerones are described First published in 1976. more...

  • The Demise of a Rural Economyby Stephen Gudeman

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Bridging a gap between macro- and micro- viewpoints, the work shows the ways in which an economy is socially and historically determined. Subsistence is shown to be not only a form of agriculture but a determinant economic organisation and particular attention is paid to the problem of understanding patterns of distribution and the constitution of... more...

  • Marxist Analyses and Social Anthropologyby Maurice Bloch

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Reflecting the first evaluation among British and American anthropologists of the relevance of Marxist theory for their discipline, the studies in this volume cover a wide geographical and social spectrum ranging from rural Indonesia, Imperial China, Highland Burma and the Abron kingdom of Gyaman. A critical survey assesses the value of some key... more...

  • Japanese Rainmaking and other Folk Practicesby Geoffrey Bownas; Pauline Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    The ritual of rainmaking is one of half a dozen Japanese folk practices and festivals described in this book. The story of rainmaking ceremonies begins with personal experience and then draws on the work of Japanese folklorists to record significant local variations and to construct a general account of the history and purpose of the ceremony. Field... more...

  • Social Anthropology of Complex Societiesby Michael Banton

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    This volume illustrates how much the study of social anthropologists has encompassed other, non-primitive societies: rural Italy, urban Africa, village politics in India and the smaller ex-colonial territories of Fiji and Mauritius are just some of the areas covered by the book. The position and contribution of British community studies is also examined,... more...

  • Other Culturesby John Beattie

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    The first part of this book considers what kind of study social anthropology is, the types of questions social anthropologists ask and how they go about obtaining the answers. The second part discusses the more important fields in which social anthropologists have advanced our knowledge of other cultures: kinship and marriage, social order, economic... more...

  • Social Anthropologyby E.E. Evans-Pritchard

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Social Anthropology explains and illustrates the methods of modern anthropology, tracing its development from pre-nineteenth-century philosophical speculations and the empirical work of explorers, missionaries and colonial servants, up to the second half of the twentieth century. First published in 1951. more...

  • Meaning in Cultureby F. Allan Hanson

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 48.95

    Meaning in Culture discusses the question of whether 'culture' refers to some superorganic entity that exists in its own right, or is only convenient short-hand for the shared beliefs and behaviour of human individuals. It also investigates the problem of relativism and explores the question of whether anthropology and the other social sciences are... more...

  • Seasonal Variations of the Eskimoby Marcel Mauss

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Seasonal Variations of the Eskimo is one of the first books in anthropology to adopt a sociological approach to the analysis of a single society. Mauss links elements of anthropology and human geography, arguing that geographical factors should be considered in relation to a social context in all its complexity. The work is an illuminating source... more...

  • Death and the right handby Robert Hertz

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    First published in English 1960. The historical value of Hertz's writings is that they are a representative example of the culmination of two centuries of development of sociological thought in France, from Montesquieu to Durkheim and his pupils. In the intervening years since publication, that development has grown into the systematic comparative... more...