Originally published in the UK in 1970. The central argument of
this book is that the structuralist theory and method developed by
British and American anthropologists in the study of kinship and
social organization are the direct descendants of the researches of
Lewis Henry Morgan. Re-examining Morgan's work, the book
demonstrates how a tradition of mis-interpretation has disguised
the true import of Morgan's discoveries and ideas for Rivers and
Radcliffe-Brown and the generation of anthropologists inspired by
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