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Names and Substance in the Australian Subsection System
by C. G. von Brandenstein
University of Chicago Press, 1982
Cloth: 978-0-226-86481-5
Library of Congress Classification GN666.B73 1982
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.0899915

In this volume, which has been hailed as a major breakthrough in understanding the meaning of the elaborate kinship systems currently existing in Australian Aboriginal societies, C. G. von Brandenstein argues that such systems refer to an archaic theory of "world order" common to all these societies. This controversial conclusion is based on native testimony and on a sophisticated linguistic analysis of a vast quantity of data collected by the author and others.

Though the author has restricted the results of his research to Aboriginal Australia, his methodological approach is generalizable. Hence this work will be of importance to specialists in many areas.

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