Kinship, Networks, and Exchange

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

Revitalizing the study of kinship and exchange with network approaches
Representing Kinship Dynamics, Material Flow, and Economic Co-operation
The grapevine forest: kinship, status and wealth in a Mediterranean community (Selo, Croatia)
Kinship, property transmission, and stratification in Javanese villages
Ambilateral sideness among the Sinhalese: marriage networks and property flows in Pul Eliya (Sri Lanka)
Alliance, exchange, and the organization of boat corporations in Lamalera (E. Indonesia)
Individual Embeddedness and the Larger Structure of Kinship and Exchange Networks
Experimental flexibility of cultural models: kinship knowledge and networks among individual Khasi (Meghalaya, N. E. India)
Moral economy and self-interest: Kinship, friendship and exchange among the Pokot (N. W. Kenya)
Risk, uncertainty and economic exchange in a pastoral community of the Andean Highlands (Huancar, N. W. Argentina)
Marriage, Exchange and Alliance: Reconsidering Bridewealth and Dowry
Wealth transfers occasioned by marriage: a comparative reconsideration
Prestations and progeny: the consolidation of well-being among the Bakkarwal of Jammu and Kashmir
'We Don't Sell our Daughters': a report on money and marriage exchange in the township of Larantuka (Flores, E. Indonesia)
Emergence, Development and Transformation of Kin-Based Exchange Systems
Applications of the minimum spanning tree problem to network analysis
Local rules, global structures: models of exclusive straight sister-exchange
The capacity and constraints of kinship in the development of the Enga Tee Ceremonial exchange network (Papua New Guinea Highlands)
Between war and peace: gift exchange and commodity barter in the central and fringe Highlands of Papua New Guinea
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