The Invention of Primitive Society: Transformations of an Illusion

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Psychology Press, 1988 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Both a critical history of anthropological theory and methods and a challenging essay in the sociology of science, The Invention of Primitive Society shows how anthropologists have tried to define the original form of human society.
 

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Contents

Patriarchal theory
17
Lewis Henry Morgan and ancient society
42
The question of totemism
76
Australian totemism
92
Totem and taboo
105
Academic anthropologists
123
Rivers and Melanesian society
152
The reaction to Rivers
171
a phoenix from the ashes
190
A short history of alliance theory
210
Conclusion
231
BIBLIOGRAPHY
245
INDEX
262
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