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By J. Davis

The Mediterranean international locations have lengthy attracted the eye of social anthropologists, from Frazer and Durkheim to the current day. during this quantity, first released in 1977, Dr Davis experiences the vast anthropological fabric amassed and released by way of those that have labored within the region and claims that social anthropologists have a particular chance to check comparable forms of establishment and strategy in various contexts – political, monetary, bureaucratic, spiritual. He examines international locations, tribes and groups stretching from Spain all of the method around the Mediterranean and again alongside the coast of North Africa. In chapters on economics, stratification, politics, relatives and kinship, he has discovered it attainable and brilliant to set Albanian and Berber tribesmen beside one another, and to debate Italian and Lebanese peasants within the similar paragraph. the result's either a survey of the anthropological fabric and an essay compared, based on a critique of the paintings of his predecessors and co-workers. The final bankruptcy is an account of the makes use of anthropologists have made from the old resources to be had to them.

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