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Author Dumont, Louis, 1911-

Title An introduction to two theories of social anthropology : descent groups and marriage alliance / Louis Dumont ; edited and translated by Robert Parkin.

Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  306.83 DUMO    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Introduction à deux théories d'anthropologie sociale. English
Physical description xxxiii, 110 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series Methodology and history in anthropology ; v. 12
Notes Translation of: Introduction à deux théories d'anthropologie sociale.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [100]-103) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Kinship in the work of Radcliffe-Brown -- A. What is kinship? -- B. The meaning of 'kinship system' -- C. Interpersonal relations and 'structural principles' -- Pt. II. The theory of unilineal descent groups -- D. Before The Nuer -- E. Evans-Pritchard : The Nuer -- F. After The Nuer -- Pt. III. The theory of marriage alliance -- G. Levi-Strauss : Elementary structures -- H. After Elementary structures.
Summary "Louis Dumont was one of the key figures of 20th century French anthropology. His lectures on kinship are now available in English for the first time. They provide students with a comprehensive but thought-provoking overview of descent theory and alliance theory. These two competing theories of kinship, associated respectively with the British and French schools of social anthropology, as well as the theoretical tendencies of functionalism and structuralism, dominated anthropological theory from the 1950s to the 1970s and are of fundamental historical significance."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Parkin, Robert, 1950-
Subject Kinship -- Philosophy.
Unilineal descent (Kinship)
Cross-cousin marriage.
Nuer (African people) -- Kinship.
ISBN 1845451465 (alk. paper)
1845451473 (pbk.)
Standard Number 9781845451479