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Kinship and Marriage

Kinship and Marriage
An Anthropological Perspective

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: January 1984
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521278232

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  • Robin Fox's study of systems of kinship and alliance has become an established classic of the social science literature. It has been praised above all for its liveliness of style and clarity of exposition in an area that students and general readers have found difficult to master. It was the first attempt to produce an overview of this central subject and has maintained its unique position over the years. Fox's reconciliation of 'descent' and 'alliance' theories, and his 'deductive' approach to the logic of kinship systems based on four universal premises, give the book its distinctive flavour and make it not only the best available introductory text but a contribution to theory in its own right. It has been used throughout the world as an introduction for both academic and lay readers and has been translated into numerous languages.

    • A real classic by one of the most eminent scholars in the field
    • The best available introduction to this key topic in anthropology
    • Previously published by Penguin outside the US
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    • Date Published: January 1984
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521278232
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 201 x 127 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the Cambridge University Press Edition
    Preface to the First Edition
    Introduction
    1. Kinship, family and descent
    2. The incest problem
    3. Local groups and descent groups
    4. Unilineal descent groups
    5. Segmentation and double descent
    6. Cognatic descent and ego-centred groups
    7. Exogamy and direct exchange
    8. Asymmetrical and complex systems
    9. Kinship terminology
    References and further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Robin Fox

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