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Vital Relations

2013. Edited by Susan McKinnon and Fenella Cannell

For more than 150 years, theories of social evolution, development, and modernity have been unanimous in their assumption that kinship organizes simpler, “traditional,” pre-state societies but not complex, “modern,” state societies. This volume challenges these notions.

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War in the Tribal Zone

1992. Edited by R. Brian Ferguson and Neil L.Whitehead; With a New Preface by the Editors

Finding the book’s analysis tragically prophetic in identifying the key dynamics that have produced the kinds of conflicts recently witnessed globally — as in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, and Somalia — the editors consider the political origins and cultural meanings of ‘ethnic’ violence in our postcolonial world.

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The Work of Sovereignty

2010. David Kamper

This volume explores the political, economic, and cultural forces that structure and influence indigenous economic development, giving special attention to the perspectives and priorities of the indigenous working people who build tribal futures with their everyday labor.

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Yanomami Warfare

1995. R. Brian Ferguson

These reputedly isolated people have been portrayed as fiercely engaging in constant warfare over women, status, and revenge. Ferguson argues persuasively that the Yanomami make war not because Western influence is absent, but because it is present.

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