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By Elman R Service, E. A. Hammel

ISBN-10: 0126373825

ISBN-13: 9780126373820

This booklet is an evaluate of the historical past of ethnology when it comes to its highbrow development, as such, instead of the lifestyles histories of a number of the personalities contain. The identify was once selected to indicate that the main predicament is the conflict, combine, syntheses, and rejection of principles themselves, as they regarding convinced significant difficulties within the theoretical improvement of the self-discipline. maybe this appears like an seen objective, yet simply because this sort of selectivity is in truth strange, an explication is required

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To argue that the Aryan-Semitic system was founded on monogamy and the others on promiscuity was simply further evidence of the moral inferiority of the latter. To Morgan's considerable credit, he wrestled with this hypothesis for three years, trying to find better evidence for the classificatory system than the moral superiority argument. It was finally his fear that McLennan, the Scottish lawyer, would establish priority in the field that pushed Morgan into acceptance of the evolutionary explanation of the kinship systems.

3. MORGAN'S ANCIENT SOCIETY (1877) 39 As evidence for this long-lost condition of lowest savagery, Morgan states that the consanguine family and the Malayan kinship terms logically presuppose an antecedent state of promiscuity. Therefore, the argument rests on the evidence for these latter two institutions. 2. The Consanguine Family. This is the first stage of the evolution of the family. As an institution it is based on the morality of restricting original, random promiscuity to sexual intercourse only within the group.

Published an account of same in League of the Ho-de-no-sau-nee, or Iroquois (1851:85-87). 2. " 3. 1857: Prepared "Laws of Descent and Consanguinity of the Iroquois" for the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Montreal. 4. 1858: Discovered that the Ojibway system of terminology was the same as that of the Iroquois. 5. 1859: Read "System of consanguinity of the red race, in its Relation to Ethnology," American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1859. 6. 1860, 1861, 1862: Field trips in quest of kinship nomenclatures.

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