By Joy Hendry
A superb creation to social anthropology (aimed at scholars) and is the reason what this box of research is and the way it really is performed. The booklet attracts at the author's own stories in conveying the thrill and variety of other cultures, languages and assorted perceptions of the worlds during which humans dwell in. utilizing various examples, pleasure Hendry discusses the foremost issues of research: ritual; reward trade and reciprocity; symbolism; good looks and bounty, treasure and trophies; faith, magic and mythology; legislations, order and social keep an eye on; relatives, kinship and marriage; economics and the surroundings.
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It is clear, then, that technological advance is not necessarily accompanied by a convergence of ideas about the ordering of space, time and social relations. Some elements of systems of classification may be displaced as 28 An Introduction to Social Anthropology societies influence one another, such as the example of the use of 'brown' in Welsh, but others persist, and observers of other societies must try to avoid making assumptions based on their own system of thought. The classic work of Durkheim and Mauss not only provides us with examples of widely different systems of classification found in societies relatively untouched by outside influence, it also illustrates a system of classification shared by scholars of the period in which it was written.
Certain pairs of people are also said to be better suited to marriage than others, and a geomancer may advise a change of name to offset a disadvantage of this sort. A Japanese woman born in the year of the horse, which also falls in the active aspect of fire, is said to be a very bad bet for marriage, and a general indication of the seriousness with which these ideas are taken can be found in a sharp drop in the birthrate during those years . It is clear, then, that technological advance is not necessarily accompanied by a convergence of ideas about the ordering of space, time and social relations.
We may find foreign countries, or even just foreign neighbours, 'smelly', 'dirty', or simply 'strange'. For anthropologists to learn the system of classification of another people, they must first learn to stand outside their own system and to reject notions of revulsion or disapproval based on early upbringing. As a baby learns to classify in its own society, the anthropologist must learn all over again the new system of classification of the people under study. In the introduction to his translation of a book on the subject of classification, Rodney Needham compares the anthropologist setting out to study a strange people with a person blind from birth who is suddenly given sight.
An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Other People’s Worlds by Joy Hendry