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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.135

Kinship Logic and Ecological Property - a Comparative Look


  • Dr. Patrick HEADY

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The practical business of living with one’s kin and neighbours, and with people who are neither, changes with the economic basis of society – and this is reflected in changing descent and marriage rules, and in terminological systems. At the same time there are certain formal features of these rules and systems – their ‘logic’ if you like – which strongly persist through all or several of the environmental / economic stages. The purpose of this paper is to pick out and describe the most salient features of both kinds (including terminologies, rules and practices), as a background for the discussions in this session. It will be based primarily on Ethnographic Atlas data, but with some references to aspects which the Ethnographic Atlas does not cover.