Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the history of theory in anthropology, this anthology of classic and contemporary 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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Taking a broader, ethnological view of the question, we may class the Kula
valuables among the many "ceremonial" objects of wealth; enormous, carved
and decorated weapons, stone implements, articles of domestic and industrial
This tendency appears very markedly in the great national ceremonies of the
tribes who dwell in Southeast Africa. At sowing, first fruits and harvest, and before
war, the Zulu nation performed, and the Swazi still perform, great military rituals.
These rebellious rituals thus occur in national ceremonies and in domestic
ceremonies. At the installation of a village headman in many Central African
tribes he is insulted and told he is unworthy of office: the Yao strike him on the
head to ...
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CHARLES DARWIN AND ALFRED WALLACE On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties
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