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Buy and Download Description One of the most serious charges that can be directed against fellow anthropologists is that their theoretical assumptions distort and impair their understanding of the people they study. The field of kinship studies is arguably where this charge has been made most frequently and harshly. For example, Edmund Leach judged some of the central distinctions used in the comparative study of kinship systems by his contemporaries to be a harmful 'straitjacket of thought' (Leach 1961: 4). In his view, apparently obvious and innocuous category oppositions such as patrilineal/matrilineal were in fact responsible for ethnocentric biases, tautology and circularity. In the same vein, he castigated Malinowski for a number of tendentious assumptions on which he based his interpretation of the Trobriand word tabu (that kinship terms refer to individuals, and that their primary meaning stems from the nuclear family), which pushed him into a maze of anomalies and forced him to adopt desperate analytical expedients (1958: 143). One of the most serious charges that can be directed against fellow anthropologists is that their theoretical assumptions distort and impair their understanding of the people they study. The field of kinship studies is arguably where this ch
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