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The Witch Figure: Folklore Essays by a Group of Scholars in England Honouring the 75th Birthday of Katharine M. Briggs

by Venetia Newall

Katharine Briggs enjoys an unchallenged reputation in the world of folklore studies. The theme of this volume, the witch figure as a malevolent intermediary in folk belief, was chosen to reflect that aspect...

Witchcraft and Sorcery in East Africa

by John Middleton & E. H. Winter

Containing ten essays by anthropologists on the beliefs and practices associated with witches and sorcerers in Eastern Africa, the chapters in this book are all based on field research and new information which...

The Life-Giving Myth

by A. M. Hocart

Myths are the expression of a form of knowledge essential to life. Including mainly previously unpublished work by A.M. Hocart the book examines such issues as:

Why a queen should not have been married before;...

The Theory of Social Structure

by S.F. Nadel

The main feature of this book is a discussion of 'role analysis' and its relevance to social structure. Arguing that the role system of a society is the matrix of its social structure, the author presents a...

Theory in Anthropol Liban V86

by ROBERT A MANNERS & David Kaplan

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Under the IVI Tree: Society and Economic Growth in Rural Fiji

by Cyril S. Belshaw

This study concerns the differentials of economic growth among the Fijian people. It brings together relevant factors drawn from social, cultural, economic and political analysis. As a case study in economic...

The People of Aritama: The Cultural Personality of a Colombian Mestizo Village

by Alicia Reichel-Dolmatoff & Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

This book covers the life of a small Mestizo community in Columbia, with its people and institutions, its traditions in the past and its outlook on the future.

Chapters include:

· information on the health...

The Great Village: The Economic and Social Welfare of Hanuabada, an Urban Community in Papua

by Cyril S. Belshaw

This book is the first systematic study of the urban Papuan and analyses, among other things, the family, household budgets, the proliferation of ceremonial and the re-birth of sorcery. The study can be compared,...


by Franz Steiner

Scholars have been trying to explain taboo customs ever since Captain Cook discovered them in Polynesia over 200 years ago. The subject has been treated at length, but none of the theories has more than a limited...

The Foundations of Social Anthropology

by S.F. Nadel

Focussing on the methodology of social anthropology this book covers the following:

· The aims of social anthropology

· Observation and description

· Psychology in observation

· The material of observation...

The Social Context of Violent Behaviour: A Social Anthropological Study in an Israeli Immigrant Town

by Emanuel Marx

First published in 1976.

Violent behaviour occurs in every society. It grows out of the social order and can therefore be understood only in a social context. This book examines an orderly and relatively tranquil...

The Social Anthropology of Radcliffe-Brown

by Adam Kuper

This is the first collection of Radcliffe-Brown's work chosen to represent his books as well as his essays. It includes some classic pieces, and also one or two lesser-known items. Radcliffe-Brown was a pioneer...

The Relevance of Models for Social Anthropology

by Michael Banton

There has been much discussion in recent years about the construction of theoretical models useful in the explanation of particular areas of social organization. This volume charts that discussion and its results...

The Rites of Passage

by Arnold van Gennep

Van Gennep was the first observer of human behaviour to note that the ritual ceremonies that accompany the landmarks of human life differ only in detail from one culture to another, and that they are in essence...

We the Tikopia: A Sociological Study of Kinship in Primitive Polynesia

by Raymond Firth

Recognized as a major work when first published, this title has, over the years, become a classic. Forming the basis of modern social anthropology, We the Tikiopia stands in the forefront of its literature....

Themes in Economic Anthropology

by Raymond Firth

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...

Rethinking Marriage and Kinship

by Rodney Needham

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...

Remarks and Inventions: Skeptical Essays about Kinship

by Rodney Needham

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...

Elementary Structures Reconsidered: Levi-Strauss on Kinship

by Francis Korn

Constituting a measured but devastating critique of Lévi-Strauss's work on kinship systems, this book deals with prescriptive forms of social classification and had far-reaching implications for anthropological...

Kinship and the Social Order.: The Legacy of Lewis Henry Morgan

by Meyer Fortes

Originally published in the UK in 1970.

The central argument of this book is that the structuralist theory and method developed by British and American anthropologists in the study of kinship and social organization...