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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...

Music and Marx: Ideas, Practice, Politics

by Regula Burckhardt Qureshi

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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...

Comparative Studies in Kinship

by Jack Goody

Against the background of the problems involved in the comparative study of human society, the essays in this book show the comparative ideal in practice, which combines elements from both sociology and anthropology....

Habitat, Economy and Society: A Geographical Introduction to Ethnology

by C. Daryll Forde

An introduction to the ethnography and human geography of non-European peoples, this book deals with the economic and social life of a number of groups at diverse levels of cultural achievement and in different...

Three Styles in the Study of Kinship

by J.A. Barnes

The study of kinship is a fundamental part of the study and the practice of social anthropology. This volume examines the work of three distinguished anthropologists that bear on kinship and determines what...

Hell Fire

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by Ann Aguirre

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The second in the thrilling national bestselling series

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It's too bad she can't seem to...

East African Societies

by Aylward Shorter

Focussing on the mechanics of social change and the interaction between ethnic groups, cultures, structures and value systems the background questions of ecology, demography and history are also examined and...