The Invention of Primitive Society: Transformations of an Illusion
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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Lewis Henry Morgan and ancient society
The question of totemism
Totem and taboo
Rivers and Melanesian society
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