The Elementary Structures of Kinship

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Beacon Press, 1969 - Social Science - 541 pages
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Provides a comparative sociological study of the basic kinship structures.
  

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Contents

NATURE AND CULTURE
3
THE PROBLEM OF INCEST
12
Ceremonial carvingup of a buffalo in Burma page
35
ENDOGAMY AND EXOGAMY
42
Marriage exchanges in Polynesia
64
Ceremonial exchanges in the Solomon Islands
66
Extension to the laws of marriage The notion of archaism
69
THE ARCHAIC ILLUSION
84
EXTERNAL LIMITS OF GENERALIZED EXCHANGE
269
Chiru Chawte and Tarau marriage cycles
270
Lakher system reduced model
274
Rengma Naga system
278
Lhota Naga system reduced model
279
Sema Naga system reduced model
281
Ao Naga system reduced model
285
INTERNAL LIMITS OF GENERALIZED EXCHANGE
292

ALLIANCE AND DESCENT
98
THE MARRIAGE OF COUSINS
119
Diagram traced by the Ambrym natives to explain their kinship system
126
Crosscousin marriage
131
Concept of crossing
145
AUSTRALIA
146
Murinbata marriage rules
154
Kariera marriage rules
157
Kariera system
160
An illustration of the Kariera system
161
Descent and residence in the Kariera system
162
Aranda rules of marriage
163
An illustration of the Aranda system
164
Aranda system
165
THE MURNGIN SYSTEM
168
Structure of the Murngin system
170
Murngin marriage rules after Warner
171
Murngin system and Aranda system
172
Murngin marriage rule alternate system
173
Combined regular and alternate Murngin systems
175
Generalized exchange
178
Pairs couples and cycles
179
Matrilateral marriage
180
Murngin kinship nomenclature
182
Murngin system in terms of generalized exchange
186
Descent and residence in generalized exchange
187
Definitive diagram of the Murngin system
188
Fourclass cycle
190
Plane projection of a cyclical system page
191
HARMONIC AND DISHARMONIC REGIMES
197
Mara system after Warner
199
Aluridja system
202
Southern Cross system
203
Dieri system after Elkin
205
Simplified representation of the Dieri system
206
Reconstruction of the hypothetical evolution of the Dieri system
207
Wikmunkan system after McConnel
210
Manchu and Wikmunkan systems
211
Classification of the principal types of kinship systems
216
APPENDIX TO PART ONE
221
GENERALIZED EXCHANGE
231
Kachin system after Leach
242
Feudal cycle of Kachin marriage
249
EXCHANGE AND PURCHASE
255
Gilyak system
297
Generalized exchange with three clans
299
Generalized exchange with four clans
300
THE CHINESE SYSTEM
311
Chinese system according to Granet
321
Another aspect of Granets hypothesis
324
Simplified table of mourning grades
331
Diagrammatic representation of the Chinese kinship system
332
The Chao Mu order
336
Ancestral temple after Hsu
339
Permutation of ancestors in the Chao Mu order
340
System of positions in the Chao Mu order
342
Murngin marriages rules compared with Chinese marriage rules according to Granet
343
MATRILATERAL MARRIAGE
346
OBLIQUE MARRIAGE
359
Miwok system reduced model
362
Miwok system Correlations between the genealogies and the reduced model
367
PERIPHERAL SYSTEMS
371
Tibetan and Kuki systems
373
Tungus marriage rules
377
Aspect of the Manchu system
379
Comparison between the Manchu and Ao Naga systems
387
Distribution of elementary forms of exchange in the Far East
389
INDIA
393
Aspect of the Gond system
394
Hindu system after Held
405
CLANS AND CASTES
406
Marriage prohibitions among the Bai
414
The seven null
415
Prohibited degrees in north India
416
ASYMMETRIC STRUCTURES page
422
Munda system
427
Fathers sister and mothers brother
430
Avuncular privilege
433
CYCLES OF RECIPROCITY
438
Mothers brothers daughter and fathers sisters daughter
443
85a Cycle of reciprocity Marriage with the mothers brothers daughter long cycle
452
CONCLUSION
457
System of oppositions among the elementary forms of marriage
465
THE PRINCIPLES OF KINSHIP
478
Appendix
499
General Index
525
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About the author (1969)

Claude Levi-Strauss, a French anthropologist, was the founder of structural anthropology. This theoretical position assumes that there are structural propensities in the human mind that lead unconsciously toward categorization of physical and social objects, hence such book titles as The Raw and the Cooked (1964) and such expositions of his work by others as The Unconscious in Culture and Elementary Structures Reconsidered. According to Levi-Strauss, the models of society that scholars create are often dual in nature:status-contract (Maine): Gemeinschaft-Gesellschaft (Tonnies); mechanical-organic solidarity (Durkheim); folk-urban (Redfield); universalism-particularism (Parsons); and local-cosmopolitan (Merton). Levi-Strauss's writings---some of which have been described by Clifford Geertz as "theoretical treatises set out as travelogues"---have been enormously influential throughout the scholarly world. George Steiner has described him, along with Freud (see also Vol. 5) and Marx (see also Vol. 4), as one of the major architects of the thought of our times.

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