Primitive Classification by Emile Durkheim

Primitive Classification

byEmile Durkheim

Paperback | September 15, 1967

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Emile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss maintain that society is the source of the very categories of human thought. First published in the Année Sociologique in 1903, this classic essay has been translated by Rodney Needham, who also provides a critical introduction.

"[Primitive Classification] will impress the reader with its quiet elegance, its direct, logical form, its clarity of style, its spirit of careful, yet bold, exploration."—Harry Alpert, American Journal of Sociology

"Particularly instructive for anyone who wonders what social anthropology is: how, if at all, it differs from sociology and whether it has any unifying theoretical problem."—F. K. Lehman, American Sociological Review

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Title:Primitive ClassificationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:143 pages, 8 × 5.26 × 0.5 inPublished:September 15, 1967Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226173348

ISBN - 13:9780226173344

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Table of Contents

Introduction
On Some Primitive Forms of Classification: Contribution to the Study of Collective Representations
The Problem
I. The Australian type of classification
II. Other Australian systems
III. Zuñi, Sioux
IV. China
V. Conclusions
Index

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This book is particularly instructive for anyone who wonders what social anthropology is: how, if at all, it differs from sociology and whether it has any unifying theoretical problem.