Encounter With Anthropology

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Transaction Publishers, 1975 - Social Science - 338 pages
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This volume is at once an introduction to anthropology, an account of a personal odyssey, and a call for action. Acknowledged as one of anthropology's most brilliant practitioners, Robin Fox shows in a series of linked essays on such topics as race, evolution, sex, marriage, language, and witchcraft, and the range, potential, and inheritent weaknesses of anthropology as a science. The author offers a view of the human side of anthropology, as well as its ruthlessly professional side--a side he characterizes as so obsessed with field work and obsolete ideology that it is failing its task of exploring human nature.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Transaction Edition
5
Preface
7
Anthropology as a Vocation
9
The Evolution of Sexual Behavior
52
The Abolition of Race
67
Comparative Family Patterns
85
Kinship and Alliance
95
Marriage Mobility and Modern Literature
113
Pueblo Baseball A New Use for Old Witchcraft
182
Veterans and Factions
192
Witches Clans and Curing
200
Language in Two Communities
226
Religion and the North American Indian
238
The Cultural Animal
266
Anthropology Tomorrow
289
From Science to SurvivalTwenty Years On
297

The Vanishing Gael
130
Myths and Fighting
138
Personal Names
156
The Enduring Indian
174

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