Reinvention of Primitive Society Transformations of a Myth

ISBN-10: 0415357616
ISBN-13: 9780415357616
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Adam Kuper
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Description: This volume should prove useful reading for those who are interested in anthropological theory and current post-colonial debates, or simply curious about the ways in which we systematically misunderstand other peoples.

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/9/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This volume should prove useful reading for those who are interested in anthropological theory and current post-colonial debates, or simply curious about the ways in which we systematically misunderstand other peoples.

Adam Kuper is a Fellow of the British Academy.

List of figures and tables
Preface
The idea of primitive society
The myth of primitive society
Barbarian, savage, primitive
Ancient law, ancient society and totemism
Henry Maine's patriarchal theory
Lewis Henry Morgan and Ancient Society
The question of totemism
Evolution and diffusion: Boas, Rivers and Radcliffe-Brown
The Boasians and the critique of evolutionism
From Rivers to Radcliffe-Brown
Descent and alliance
Descent theory: a phoenix from the ashes
Towards the intellect: alliance theory and totemism
Back to the beginning
The return of the native
Conclusion
Notes
References

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