The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual Cornell Paperbacks #ad - Case histories illustrate the function of ritual in creating community harmony. Data on circumcision rites and medical practices and an essay on color classification have wide implications for comparative analysis. Excellent photographs and useful diagrams complement the text. It combines unusually detailed ethnographic description, based upon field work among the Ndembu of Zambia, with remarkable theoretical sophistication.
The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of KnowledgeAnchor #ad - In it, berger and luckmann reformulate the task of the sociological subdicipline that, since Max Scheler, has been known as the sociology of knowledge. Called the "fifth-most important sociological book of the 20th century" by the International Sociological Association, this groundbreaking study of knowledge introduces the concept of "social construction" into the social sciences for the first time.
How Real Is Race?: A Sourcebook on Race, Culture, and BiologyRowman & Littlefield Publishers #ad - In so doing, dynamic interplay among race, they shed light on the intricate, culture, and biology. For an online supplement to How Real Is Race? Second Edition, click here. They then extend the discussion to hot-button issues that arise in tandem with the concept of race, such as educational inequalities; slurs and racialized labels; and interracial relationships.
Rowman Littlefield Publishers. How real is race? what is biological fact, what is fiction, now in its second edition, can we eliminate it? this book, and where does culture enter? What do we mean by a “colorblind” or “postracial” society, or when we say that race is a “social construction”? If race is an invention, employs an activity-oriented approach to address these questions and engage readers in unraveling—and rethinking—the contradictory messages we so often hear about race.
How Real Is Race?: A Sourcebook on Race, Culture, and Biology #ad - The authors systematically cover the myth of race as biology and the reality of race as a cultural invention, drawing on biocultural and cross-cultural perspectives.
The Ritual Process Lewis Henry Morgan LecturesRoutledge #ad - Once thought to be the "vestigial" organs of social conservatism, rituals are now seen as arenas in which social change may emerge and be absorbed into social practice. He extends van gennep's notion of the "liminal phase" of rites of passage to a more general level, and applies it to gain understanding of a wide range of social phenomena.
In the ritual process: structure and anti-Structure, Victor Turner examines rituals of the Ndembu in Zambia and develops his now-famous concept of "Communitas. He characterizes it as an absolute inter-human relation beyond any form of structure. His special eloquence resided in his ability to lay open a sub-Saharan African system of belief and practice in terms that took the reader beyond the exotic features of the group among whom he carried out his fieldwork, translating his experience into the terms of contemporary Western perceptions.
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The Ritual Process Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures #ad - The ritual process has acquired the status of a small classic since these lectures were first published in 1969. Turner demonstrates how the analysis of ritual behavior and symbolism may be used as a key to understanding social structure and processes. As roger abrahams writes in his foreword to the revised edition: "Turner argued from specific field data.
The Rites of PassageUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - The Rites of Passage #ad - Arnold van gennep 1873-1957 was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage, " has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology. Aldine. Rowman Littlefield Publishers.
. Birth, marriage, puberty, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function.
Atanarjuat, The Fast RunnerCoach House Press #ad - Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner #ad - Rowman Littlefield Publishers. The lavishly-illustrated companion book to the multi-award-winning film, interviews with the filmmakers, featuring the entire screenplay in both Inuktitut syllabics and English, detailed explorations of the legend of Atanarjuat and of Inuit culture, maps and more. With hundreds of full-colour behind-the-scenes photographs, stills, and line drawings.
The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic PeopleOxford University Press #ad - Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Fully indexed and cross referenced - a work of extraordinary scholarship. The second part of the book describes this political system which lacks government and is without legal institutions. Aldine. Numerous photos, charts, maps, tables and drawings. Their economic life is related to the absence of chieftainship and their democratic sentiment.
The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People #ad - The nuer of the southern sudan are predominantly a pastoral people and the first part of the book describes their life as herdsmen, fishermen and gardeners. First published in 1940, this study has become one of the classic works in social anthropology.
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The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic SocietiesW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Since its first publication in english in 1954, Marcel Mauss's groundbreaking study of the relation between forms of exchange and social structure, The Gift, has been acclaimed as a classic among anthropology texts. A brilliant example of the comparative method, ?The Gift? presents the first systematic study of the custom―widespread in primitive societies from ancient Rome to present-day Melanesia―of exchanging gifts.
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies #ad - . Used book in Good Condition. The gift is a perfect example of what Mauss calls a total social phenomenon, since it involves legal, economic, religious, aesthetic, moral, and other dimensions. In a modern translation, introduced by distinguished anthropologist Mary Douglas, ?The Gift ?is essential reading for students of social anthropology and sociology.
He sees the gift exchange as related to individuals and groups as much as to the objects themselves, and his analysis calls into question the social conventions and economic systems that had been taken for granted for so many years. Aldine.