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  • Stone Age Economics by Marshall Sahlins
    Stone Age Economics (English, Paperback)

    Since its first publication over forty years ago Marshall Sahlins's Stone Age Economics has established itself as a classic of modern anthropology and arguably one of the founding works of anthropological economics. Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively, Sahlins radically revises traditional views of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive...

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  • What Kinship is - and is Not by Marshall Sahlins
    What Kinship is - and is Not (English, Hardback)

    In this pithy two-part essay, the author reinvigorates the debates on what constitutes kinship, building on some of the best scholarship in the field to produce an original outlook on the deepest bond humans can have. He also shows that mutuality of being is a symbolic notion of belonging, not a biological connection by 'blood'.

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  • What the Foucault? 6e by Marshall Sahlins
    What the Foucault? 6e (English, Paperback)

    This is the long-awaited fifth edition of Marshall Sahlins' classic series of bon mots, ruminations, and musings on the ancients, anthropology, and much else in between.

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  • Magical Arrows by Gregory Schrempp
    Magical Arrows (English, Paperback)

    An exploration of cosmology, connecting the Western philosophical tradition with the cosmological traditions of non-Western societies. Using the mythology and philosophy of the Maori as a counterpoint, it finds a philosophical common denominator in the thought of Zeno of Elea.

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  • Confucius Institutes - Academic Malware by Marshall Sahlins
    Confucius Institutes - Academic Malware (English, Paperback)

    Drawing on reports in the media and conversations, the author shows that the Confucius Institutes are a threat to the principles of academic freedom and integrity at the foundation of our system of higher education.

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  • Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities No 1 by Marshall Sahlins
    Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities No 1 (English, Paperback)

    Hawaiian culture as it met foreign traders and settlers is the context for Sahlins's structuralist methodology of historical interpretation

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  • Beyond Nature and Culture by Philippe Descola
    Beyond Nature and Culture (English, Paperback)

    Deals with a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world, the author formulates a new framework, the "four ontologies" - animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogism - to account for all the ways we relate ourselves to nature.

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  • On Kings by Marshall Sahlins
    On Kings (English, Paperback)

    In anthropology, as much as in the current popular imagination, kings remain figures of fascination and intrigue. As the cliché goes, kings continue to die spectacular deaths only to remain subjects of vitality and long life. This collection of essays by a teacher and his student ? two of the world's most distinguished anthropologists? explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically. The divine, the stranger, the numinous, the bestial?the implications for understanding kings and their sacred office are not limited to questions of sovereignty, but issues ranging from temporality and alterity to piracy and utopia; indeed, the authors argue that kingship offers us a unique window into the understanding fundamental dilemmas concerning the very nature of power, meaning, and the human condition. Besides general theoretical reflections, several essays included in the volume focus on particular case studies? the BaKongo, Aztec, Shilluk, 18th century pirate kings of Madagascar, and others?though each also contains comparative material drawn from many other cases besides. With a jointly written critical introduction, richly framed with the wit and sharp analysis characteristic of these two thinkers, this volume opens up new avenues for how an anthropological study of kingship might proceed in the twenty-first century.

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  • Apologies to Thucydides by Marshall Sahlins
    Apologies to Thucydides (English, Paperback)

    Presents Thucydides' classic work on the history of the Peloponnesian War that is the root of Western conceptions of history - including the ethnocentric idea that Thucydides' historiography was universally valid, applicable to all societies at all times.

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  • Culture in Practice by Marshall Sahlins
    Culture in Practice (English, Paperback)

    Essays that span the career of a prominent anthropologist and address the fundamental questions of the field.

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  • Anahulu: Historical Ethnography v. 1 by Patrick Vinton Kirch
    Anahulu: Historical Ethnography v. 1 (English, Paperback)

    From the late 1700s, Hawaiian society began to change rapidly as it responded to the growing world system of capital whose trade routes and markets crisscrossed the islands. Reflecting many years of collaboration between Marshall Sahlins, a prominent social anthropologist, and Patrick V. Kirch, a leading archaeologist of Oceania, Anahulu seeks out the traces of this transformation in a typical...

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  • How "Natives" Think by Marshall Sahlins
    How "Natives" Think (English, Paperback)

    This volume seeks to go far beyond specialized debates about the alleged superiority of Western traditions. The culmination of Sahlins's ethnohistorical research on Hawaii, is a reaffirmation for understanding difference.

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  • Islands of History (Paper Only) by Marshall Sahlins
    Islands of History (Paper Only) (English, Hardback)

    Marshall Sahlins centers these essays on islands?Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand?whose histories have intersected with European history. But he is also concerned with the insular thinking in Western scholarship that creates false dichotomies between past and present, between structure and event, between the individual and society. Sahlins's provocative reflections form a powerful critique of Western...

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  • Culture and Practical Reason by Marshall Sahlins
    Culture and Practical Reason (English, Paperback)

    "The main thrust of this book is to deliver a major critique of materialist and rationalist explanations of social and cultural forms, but the in the process Sahlins has given us a much stronger statement of the centrality of symbols in human affairs than have many of our 'practicing' symbolic anthropologists. He demonstrates that symbols enter all phases of social life: those which we tend to...

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  • What Kinship is-and is Not by Marshall Sahlins
    What Kinship is-and is Not (English, Paperback)

    Offers, on its surface, a simple theoretical argument, laid out in the titles of its mere two chapters: kinship is culture, not biology. But along the way to proving his point, the author engages an array of thinkers, from Aristotle to Emile Durkheim to Marilyn Strathern, as well as an array of ethnographic examples from around the globe.

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  • Stone Age Economics by Marshall Sahlins
    Stone Age Economics (English, Paperback)

    Originally published: Chicago: Aldine-Atherton, 1972.

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  • Waiting for Foucault, Still by Marshall Sahlins
    Waiting for Foucault, Still (English, Paperback)

    First devised as after-dinner entertainment at a decennial meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists in Great Britain, and first published by Prickly Pear Press in 1993, this expanded edition of Waiting for Foucault represents some of the brightest anthropological satire?mixed in with some of the most serious intellectual issues in the human sciences. Whether he's summing up the state...

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  • The Western Illusion of Human Nature by Marshall Sahlins
    The Western Illusion of Human Nature (English, Paperback)

    Reflecting the decline in college courses on Western Civilization, this book aims to accelerate the trend by reducing "Western Civ" to about two hours. It cites Nietzsche to the effect that deep issues are like cold baths; one should get into and out of them as quickly as possible.

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  • Stone Age Economics by Marshall Sahlins
    Stone Age Economics (English, Paperback)

    "Stone Age Economics" is a classic of economic anthropology, ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively. It examines notions of production, distribution and exchange in early communities and examines the link between economics and cultural and social factors.

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