Kinship And The Social Order

Kinship And The Social Order

by Meyer Fortes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202308022

ISBN-13: 9780202308029

Pub. Date: 08/15/2006

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

One of the world's most eminent social anthropologists draws upon his many years of study and research in the field of kinship and social organization to review the development of anthropological theory and method from Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) to anthropologists of the 1960s. It is the central argument of this book that the structuralist theory and method

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One of the world's most eminent social anthropologists draws upon his many years of study and research in the field of kinship and social organization to review the development of anthropological theory and method from Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) to anthropologists of the 1960s. It is the central argument of this book that the structuralist theory and method developed by British and American anthropologists in the study of kinship and social organization is the direct descendant of Morgan's researches. The volume starts with a re-examination of Morgan's work. Professor Fortes demonstrates how a tradition of misinterpretation has disguised the true import of Morgan's discoveries. He follows with a detailed analysis of the work of Rivers and Radcliffe-Brown and the generation of anthropologists inspired by them. The author states his own point of view as it has developed in the framework of modern structuralist theory, with ethnographic examples examined in depth. He shows that the social relations and institutions conventionally grouped under the rubric of kinship and social organization belong simultaneously to two complementary domains of social structure, the familial and the political. Meyer Fortes' contribution to the field of anthropology can best be understood in the context of balance of forces between these domains of the personal and public. In the latter part of the book, he gives detailed attention to the principal conceptual issues that have confronted research and theory in the study of kinship and social organizations since Morgan's time. He shows that kinship institutions are autonomous, not mere by-products of economic requirements, and demonstrates the moral base of kinship in the rule of amity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202308029
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Aldine Transaction Introductionvii
Forewordxi
Prefacexiii
Part IRetrospect
Chapter IMorgan: The Founding Father3
Chapter IIThe Line of Succession: From Morgan to Radcliffe-Brown18
Chapter IIIMorgan and the Analytical Approach31
Chapter IVRadcliffe-Brown and the Development of Structural Analysis42
Chapter VToward the Jural Dimension60
Part IIParadigmatic Ethnographical Specimens
Chapter VIA Methodological Excursus87
Chapter VIIThe Kinship Polity101
Chapter VIIICognatic Systems and the Politico-Jural Domain122
Chapter IXThe Ashanti: State and Citizenship138
Chapter XThe Lineage in Ashanti154
Chapter XIAshanti Patrilateral Kinship and its Values191
Part IIISome Issues in Structural Theory
Chapter XIIKinship and the Axiom of Amity219
Chapter XIIIFiliation Reconsidered250
Chapter XIVDescent and the Corporate Group276
Bibliography311
Index335

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