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The Character of Kinship - Jack Goody

The Character of Kinship

By: Jack Goody (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1975
ISBN: 9780521290029
Number Of Pages: 264

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A collection of specially commissioned essays dealing with general aspects of kinship, family and marriage from an anthropological point of view, that is, considering the total range of human societies. In his editorial introduction, Jack Goody explains that his aim has been to provide 'essays dealing with general themes rather than ethnographic conundrums or descriptive minutiae' in the hope of achieving 're-consideration of some central problem areas including those examined by an earlier generation of anthropologists and still raised by scholars outside the discipline itself'. Individual essays cover problems such as the nature of kinship and the family; why monogamy?; intermarriage and the creation of castes. The contributors include R. G. Abrahams, J. A. Barnes, Fredrik Barth, Maurice Bloch, Derek Freeman, Jack Goody, Grace Harris, Jean La Fontaine, Edmund Leach, Julian Pitt-Rivers, Raymond T. Smith, Andrew Strathern and S. J. Tambiah.

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'Goody, an outstanding Cambridge University anthropologist, has provided another volume that contributes new approaches to the multiple, inextricable, complex facets of the character of kinship from theoretical perspectives within the context of the entire range of human societies. He has brought together essays by 13 leading anthropologists, including himself, who deal with general themes and problems rather than ethnographic, descriptive details ... . This volume is published to honour Cambridge University anthropologist Meyer Fortes upon his retirement. Fortes' major achievements include significant contributions to the understanding of kinship. Anthropologists, sociologists, and social scientists who are interested in social organization in general and/or kinship specifically will find this book to be a welcome asset.' H. Leon Abrams, Jr., Sociology, August 1974

Kinship and Descent
Descent and marriage reconsidered
Kinship, descent and locality: some New Guinea examples
Descent in New Guinea: an Africanist view
Complementary filiation and bilateral kinship
The Nature of Kinship
Genetrix: genitor: nature: culture?
The long term and the short term: the economic and political significance of the morality of kinship
The kith and the kin
The Nature of the Family
Kinship, attachment behaviour and the primary bond
The matrifocal family
Furies, witches and mothers
Marriage and Affinal Roles
Some aspects of levirate
Polygyny, economy and the role of women
From varna to caste through mixed unions
Bibliography of the writings of Meyer Fortes
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ISBN: 9780521290029
ISBN-10: 0521290023
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st December 1975
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34