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The Cultural Relations of Classification: An Analysis of Nuaulu Animal Categories from Central Seram
     

The Cultural Relations of Classification: An Analysis of Nuaulu Animal Categories from Central Seram

by Edmund Leach, Meyer Fortes, Roy Ellen
 

ISBN-10: 0521025737

ISBN-13: 9780521025737

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Roy Ellen has studied the Nuaulu people of eastern Indonesia for more than twenty years. He is a major figure in ethnobiology, that branch of anthropology which examines the social and cultural transformation of biological knowledge. The present study looks at the Nuaulu classificatory system of animal knowledge: the relationship between animal words and animal

Overview

Roy Ellen has studied the Nuaulu people of eastern Indonesia for more than twenty years. He is a major figure in ethnobiology, that branch of anthropology which examines the social and cultural transformation of biological knowledge. The present study looks at the Nuaulu classificatory system of animal knowledge: the relationship between animal words and animal categories; how these categories are constructed, and the language of classification. The author relies on rich and fascinating data to show that all classifications reflect an interaction between culture, cognitive processes, and the material world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521025737
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series , #91
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The language of classification; 3. Processes of identification and the structure of categories; 4. The relations between non-basic categories; 5. Consistency, sharing and flexibility; 6. Social intrusions and cultural styles; 7. Changes in classifying behaviour; 8. Cognition and cultural relations of prehension; Appendices; Notes; References; Indexes.

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