• Sociology
  • Published 2013

The Place of Kinship in the Social System: A Formal-and-Functional Consideration With an Appendix on Descent and Alliance

@inproceedings{Lehman2013ThePO,
  title={The Place of Kinship in the Social System: A Formal-and-Functional Consideration With an Appendix on Descent and Alliance},
  author={Frederic K. Lehman and F. K. L. Chit Hlaing},
  year={2013}
}
This papers examines the recent controversy as to whether there is any universally defined domain of kinship in sociocultural systems from the point of view of the philosophy of science, in particular, the classical positivism (e.g., of Radcliffe-Brown and of Murdock) that I show to have motivated the question. It also examines the American version of the controversy, as with Schneider, and shows that, again, the question arises because of essentially the radical empiricism of cultural… CONTINUE READING

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