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Kinship, Networks, and Exchange
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  • 44 b/w illus. 3 maps 13 tables
  • Page extent: 352 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.69 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 301
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: GN487 .K54 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Kinship--Cross-cultural studies
    • Social networks--Cross-cultural studies
    • Exchange--Cross-cultural studies
    • Social sciences--Network analysis

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521590211 | ISBN-10: 0521590213)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published June 1998

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The intent of this collection of original essays is to revitalize the study of kinship and exchange in a social network perspective. The collection combines studies of empirical systems of marriage and descent with investigations of the flow of material resources. This book marks the emergence of a new era in the study of kinship and exchange using a productive combination of ethnographic substance with formal methods, one which leaves behind older structural-functionalist and culturalist assumptions.


1. Revitalizing the study of kinship and exchange with network approaches; Part I. Representing Kinship Dynamics, Material Flow, and Economic Co-operation: 2. The grapevine forest: kinship, status and wealth in a Mediterranean community (Selo, Croatia); 3. Kinship, property transmission, and stratification in Javanese villages; 4. Ambilateral sideness among the Sinhalese: marriage networks and property flows in Pul Eliya (Sri Lanka); 5. Alliance, exchange, and the organization of boat corporations in Lamalera (E. Indonesia); Part II. Individual Embeddedness and the Larger Structure of Kinship and Exchange Networks: 6. Experimental flexibility of cultural models: kinship knowledge and networks among individual Khasi (Meghalaya, N. E. India); 7. Moral economy and self-interest: Kinship, friendship and exchange among the Pokot (N. W. Kenya); 8. Risk, uncertainty and economic exchange in a pastoral community of the Andean Highlands (Huancar, N. W. Argentina); Part III. Marriage, Exchange and Alliance: Reconsidering Bridewealth and Dowry: 9. Wealth transfers occasioned by marriage: a comparative reconsideration; 10. Prestations and progeny: the consolidation of well-being among the Bakkarwal of Jammu and Kashmir; 11. 'We Don't Sell our Daughters': a report on money and marriage exchange in the township of Larantuka (Flores, E. Indonesia); Part IV. Emergence, Development and Transformation of Kin-Based Exchange Systems: 12. Applications of the minimum spanning tree problem to network analysis; 13. Local rules, global structures: models of exclusive straight sister-exchange; 14. The capacity and constraints of kinship in the development of the Enga Tee Ceremonial exchange network (Papua New Guinea Highlands); 15. Between war and peace: gift exchange and commodity barter in the central and fringe Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

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