Kinship and marriage are about the basic facts of life. They are about birth, and conception, and death, the eternal round that seemed to depress the poet but which excite among others, the anthropologist.
An anthropology blog celebrating the social nature of knowledge-production within the academy. (I write about anthropology and stuff.)
'[T]here is a dialectic between common humanity and particular ways of being human.It is the common humanity that creates the possibility of anthropology; it is the diversity of humanity that makes it necessary.’
~ Howard Morphy
'Simply to demonstrate that the character of reciprocity is contingent upon social distance - even if it could be demonstrated in an incontestable way - is not to traffic in ultimate explanation, nor yet to specify when exchanges will in fact take place...'