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The Cultural Relations of Classification
An Analysis of Nuaulu Animal Categories from Central Seram

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Author: Roy Ellen, University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025737

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  • Roy Ellen has studied the Nuaulu people of eastern Indonesia for more than twenty years. He is a major figure in ethnobiology, the branch of anthropology that examines the social and cultural transformation of biological knowledge. The present study looks at the Nuaulu classificatory system of animal knowledge: the relationship between animal words and animal categories, how these categories are constructed, and the language of classification. The author relies on rich and fascinating data to show that all classifications reflect an interaction among culture, cognitive processes, and the material world.

    • A comprehensive and original attempt to describe zoological systems which should be invaluable to those in the field
    • No comparable work for the people of eastern Indonesia
    • Carefully and methodically arranged
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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025737
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.518kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The language of classification
    3. Processes of identification and the structure of categories
    4. The relations between non-basic categories
    5. Consistency, sharing and flexibility
    6. Social intrusions and cultural styles
    7. Changes in classifying behaviour
    8. Cognition and cultural relations of prehension

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    Roy Ellen, University of Kent, Canterbury

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