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p. 533. A Brief Encounter: Societylocked

  • John Monaghan
  •  and Peter Just

Abstract

‘A Brief Encounter’ considers ‘society’. The organized nature of social life became the principal focus of British social anthropologists between the 1920s and 1950s. Employing the concept of social structure — the idea that social relations are patterned and predictable — these anthropologists, led by Bronislaw Malinowski and A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, sought to understand the ways in which groups are formed in society, the rules governing the behaviour of their members, how groups relate to one another, and the functions, both latent and manifest, that they perform. The theories of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Émile Durkheim, Erving Goffman, Henry Maine, and Max Weber and their distinctions between traditional and modern societies are discussed.

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