Kinship and the Social Order: The Legacy of Lewis Henry by Meyer Fortes

By Meyer Fortes

One of the world's most outstanding social anthropologists attracts upon his a long time of analysis and learn within the box of kinship and social association to check the advance of anthropological conception and process from Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) to anthropologists of the Nineteen Sixties. it's the critical argument of this booklet that the structuralist idea and technique constructed by way of British and American anthropologists within the research of kinship and social association is the direct descendant of Morgan's researches. the quantity begins with a re-evaluation of Morgan's paintings. Professor Fortes demonstrates how a practice of misinterpretation has disguised the real import of Morgan's discoveries. He follows with a close research of the paintings of Rivers and Radcliffe-Brown and the new release of anthropologists encouraged through them. the writer states his personal standpoint because it has built within the framework of recent structuralist idea, with ethnographic examples tested extensive. He exhibits that the social kinfolk and associations conventionally grouped less than the rubric of kinship and social association belong concurrently to 2 complementary domain names of social constitution, the familial and the political. Meyer Fortes' contribution to the sphere of anthropology can most sensible be understood within the context of stability of forces among those domain names of the private and public. within the latter a part of the publication, he provides targeted consciousness to the vital conceptual matters that experience faced study and concept within the examine of kinship and social businesses due to the fact Morgan's time. He indicates that kinship associations are self sustaining, no longer mere by-products of monetary requisites, and demonstrates the ethical base of kinship within the rule of amity.

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