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Kinship and Marriage: An Anthropological Perspective / Edition 1

Kinship and Marriage: An Anthropological Perspective / Edition 1

by Robin Fox, Fox Robin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521278236

ISBN-13: 9780521278232

Pub. Date: 01/28/1984

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Robin Fox's study of systems of kinship and alliance has become an established classic of the social science literature. It has been praised above all for its liveliness of style and clarity of exposition in an area that students and general readers have found difficult to master. It was the first attempt to produce an overview of this central subject and has

Overview

Robin Fox's study of systems of kinship and alliance has become an established classic of the social science literature. It has been praised above all for its liveliness of style and clarity of exposition in an area that students and general readers have found difficult to master. It was the first attempt to produce an overview of this central subject and has maintained its unique position over the years. Fox's reconciliation of 'descent' and 'alliance' theories, and his 'deductive' approach to the logic of kinship systems based on four universal premises, give the book its distinctive flavour and make it not only the best available introductory text but a contribution to theory in its own right. It has been used throughout the world as an introduction for both academic and lay readers and has been translated into numerous languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521278232
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1984
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #50
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.88(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Cambridge University Press Edition; Preface to the First Edition; Introduction; 1. Kinship, family and descent; 2. The incest problem; 3. Local groups and descent groups; 4. Unilineal descent groups; 5. Segmentation and double descent; 6. Cognatic descent and ego-centred groups; 7. Exogamy and direct exchange; 8. Asymmetrical and complex systems; 9. Kinship terminology; References and further reading; Index.

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