Re: your mail

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Sun, 16 Apr 1995 06:34:07 -0700

Dear Stringfellow, if that's your name: you might try first looking for
an article by David M. Schneider called, "Some Muddles in the Models: or
How the System Really Works," which I believe occurs in an old ASA
Monograph - circa 1964. This will fill you in on the basic controversy
regarding alliance vs. descent. Then just about everything written about
kinship in the 60's and 70's related (usually) to this distinction. Call
it the Levi-Straussian revolution if you will. Hard to miss.

Harriet Whitehead
Anthropology WSU

On Sat, 15 Apr 1995, Stringfellow Bourbon wrote:

> Hello,
> I need help in answering a question.
> Recently I had to give a presentation in one of my anthro. classes on
> Claude L=E9vi Strauss. When my presentation was through, I was asked severa=
> l
> questions, one of which was posed by my instructor about the Alliance
> Theory and how it relates to some of Strauss=B9 work regarding The Elementar=
> y
> Structures of Kinship.
> I have had a very difficult time finding anything on this theory anywhere.
> I had the reference librarian going crazy in my university library, as she
> could not find hardly anything either, and believe me, we looked all over
> that library.
> What I do know is that it has something do with kinship =8B I think. Anyway=
> ,
> I would appreciate any help anybody can give.
> Stringfellow Bourbon