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Kinship, Networks, and Exchange


Part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521084741

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  • This collection of articles aims at revitalizing the study of kinship and exchange in a social network perspective. It brings together studies of empirical systems of marriage and descent with investigations of the flow of material resources in societies of Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Europe. Restudies of classic ethnographic cases and fieldwork studies of kinship and exchange demonstrate how the social and material aspects of society are related, and address issues of concern to anthropology and the neighbouring disciplines of history, sociology and economics. This book marks the emergence of an 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.

    • Approaches economic and social exchange at new level of analysis - that of large-scale social networks and micro-macro linkage
    • Original case studies from intensive fieldwork and restudies of classical ethnographic cases using new network analysis techniques
    • Formal approaches and empirical applications unified within general framework for comparing social organization and social embedding of economy
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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521084741
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 3 maps 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editors

    Thomas Schweizer, Universität zu Köln

    Douglas R. White, University of California, Irvine

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