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Meyer Fortes: the person, the role, the theory

Kuper, Adam (2016) Meyer Fortes: the person, the role, the theory. Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, 34 (2). pp. 127-139. ISSN 0305-7674

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In the two decades after the Second World War, Meyer Fortes was a central figure in what was then called ‘British social anthropology’. Sometimes dismissed as simply a follower of Radcliffe-Brown, Fortes’ theoretical influences in fact ranged from Freud to Parsons. He formulated a distinctive theoretical synthesis, and produced the most influential version of ‘descent theory’. Fortes is currently out of fashion, but four decades after his retirement from the Cambridge chair a revaluation is in order.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 11:42
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:16

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