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Chapter 03: Basic concepts
Law and Anthropology - Outlines, Issues, Suggestions (2008)
  • Wolfgang Fikentscher
Inclusive online updates jan10. Dealing with basic concepts of legal anthropology in Chapter 3, the presently much discussed (and practically important, see Chapter 13 V.1.), a focus is on the issue of ethnicity and cultural identity. Furthermore, Chapter 3 offers a freshly organized presentation of what may be called the issue of civilizational stages, in preparation of Chapter 9 where correlations between organizational, economical, religious and thought-modal traits are discussed. In Chapter 3, definitorial and functional aspects of basic concepts of anthropology are separated. For example, big man society, lineage, ramage, and clan structures are presented as such, and not as forms of government (unlike Bohannan 1992). Also, we will look at religions and other normative belief systems, and base this discussion on Leopold Pospíšils distinction between religious types and total religions. As a new component in this context, the concept of the so-called “axial age” asks for closer consideration
  • culture and cultures,
  • holistic sense of culture,
  • subculture,
  • counterculture,
  • modes of thought,
  • society,
  • civilisation,
  • nation,
  • tribe,
  • clan,
  • lineage,
  • ramage,
  • moiety,
  • phratry,
  • extended familiy,
  • nuclear family,
  • race,
  • belief system,
  • religion
Publication Date
4.) Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, C.H. Beck in Kommission
Citation Information
Wolfgang Fikentscher. "Chapter 03: Basic concepts" MunichLaw and Anthropology - Outlines, Issues, Suggestions (2008)
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