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Harvard Studies in Cultural Anthropology 2

The Flow of Life

Essays on Eastern Indonesia

Edited by James J. Fox

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674331907

Publication Date: 07/29/1980

372 pages

15 halftones, 11 line illustrations, 3 maps, 3 tables

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Indonesia east of Bali is perhaps the least known of all major cultural areas of Southeast Asia. Yet the anthropology of the region has long held a prominent place in the development of structuralist theories of marital exchange and symbolic classification. Falling in a distinguished lineage running from van Wouden to Lévi-Strauss to Rodney Needham, The Flow of Life presents a comprehensive set of essays by a distinguished group of international scholars, which provides both a full picture of this culturally rich area and an important extension of earlier structuralist theory.

This volume is bound to become the standard source on the social anthropology of eastern Indonesia. But it is a work of more than regional significance, providing a variety of empirical resources to address the questions which lie at the bottom of much structuralist thought about mind and society: what is the nature of symbolic thought? how does consciousness intertwine with society and ecology? what is the difference between “primitive” and “modern” society?

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