Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic readings contains in-depth commentary in introductions and notes to help guide students through excerpts of seminal anthropological works. The commentary provides the background information needed to understand each article, its central concepts, and its relationship to the social and historical context in which it was written.
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When we find, for instance, marriage as a universal institution, it may be
recognized that marriage is possible only between a number of men and a
number of women; a number of men and one woman; a number of women and
one man; ...
From these cases it emerges, as a first conclusion, that practically all societies
make some cultural provision for the termination of marriage through divorce. The
Incas stand isolated as the solitary exception; among them a marriage, once ...
stability of marriage. In our sample, the sources on Dahomeans, Klamath, Lango,
Mongols, Wolof, and Yurok reveal particularly clear evidence of the stabilizing
effect of the bride price.7 An even more frequent device is to take the choice of a
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Sigmund Freud The Return of Totemism in Childhood 1913
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