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African Archaeological Review

, 28:237 | Cite as

D. Jones and B. Milicic: Kinship, Language and Prehistory: Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies

University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-60781-005-6) 247 pp.
  • Kathryn de Luna
Book Review

This festschrift honors the social anthropologist Per Hage, best known for his work with Frank Harary applying models from graph theory to problems in anthropology. Toward the end of his career, Hage studied universals and patterns of change in kinship to better understand early human social organization. The contributions to the volume take up the cross-cultural and diachronic study of kinship and reflect the wide geographic breadth and temporal depth of Hage’s interests. Following a general introduction to the book (Chapter 1) and an introduction to Hage’s work (Chapter 2), the volume is divided into a section on kinship and prehistory based on historical linguistic and comparative ethnographic data—much of it from Hage’s unpublished notes—and a second section on the relationship between kinship terminologies and human cognition. The readers of this journal will likely find the first section of greatest interest, particularly Chapters 5 through 8, the focus of this review.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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