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Sahlins, Marshall 1930-

Works: 199 works in 783 publications in 13 languages and 13,912 library holdings
Genres: History  Anecdotes  Humor  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: GN489, 301.2
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Stone age economics by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
85 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Stone Age Economics is a classic of economic anthropology, ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively. This collection of six essays, first published in 1974, is one of Marshall Sahlin's most influential and enduring works, asserting that Stone Age economies formed the original affluent society. The book examines notions of production, distribution and exchange in early communities and examines the link between economics and cultural and social factors."--BOOK JACKET
Culture and practical reason by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
61 editions published between 1916 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tribesmen by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
32 editions published between 1958 and 1984 in 5 languages and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The use and abuse of biology : an anthropological critique of sociobiology by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
52 editions published between 1976 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Evolution and culture by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
48 editions published between 1960 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
How "natives" think : about Captain Cook, for example by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
22 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and French and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In recent years, these questions have arisen in debates over the death and deification of Captain James Cook on Hawaii island in 1779. Did the Hawaiians truly receive Cook as a manifestation of their own God Lono? Or were they too pragmatic, too worldly-wise to accept the foreigner as a god? Moreover, can a "non-native" scholar give voice to a "native" point of view? In his 1992 book, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, Gananath Obeyesekere used this very issue to attack Sahlins's decades of scholarship on Hawaii. Accusing Sahlins of elementary mistakes of fact and logic, even of intentional distortion, Obeyesekere portrayed Sahlins as accepting a naive, ethnocentric idea of superiority of the white man over "natives"--Hawaiian and otherwise. Claiming that his own Sri Lankan heritage gave him privileged access to the Polynesian native perspective, Obeyesekere contended that Hawaiians were actually pragmatists too rational and sensible to mistake Cook for a god
Islands of history by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
38 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Marshall Sahlins centers these essays on islands--Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand--whose histories have intersected with European history. But he is also concerned with the insular thinking in Western scholarship that creates false dichotomies between past and present, between structure and event, between the individual and society. Sahlins's provocative reflections form a powerful critique of Western history and anthropology"--Publisher description
Social stratification in Polynesia by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
23 editions published between 1958 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historical metaphors and mythical realities : structure in the early history of the Sandwich Islands kingdom by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
25 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Apologies to Thucydides : understanding history as culture and vice versa by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
12 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Thucydides' classic work on the history of the Peloponnesian War is the root of Western conceptions of history - including the conceit that Western historiography is the foundation of everyone else's. Here, Marshall Sahlins takes on Thucydides and the conceptions of history he wrought with a new book that shows what a difference an anthropological concept of culture can make to the writing of history."--Jacket
Culture in practice : selected essays by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anahulu : the anthropology of history in the Kingdom of Hawaii by Patrick Vinton Kirch( Book )
10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Moala; culture and nature on a Fijian island by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
11 editions published in 1962 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What kinship is - and is not by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this pithy two-part essay, Marshall Sahlins reinvigorates the debates on what constitutes kinship, building on some of the best scholarship in the field to produce an original outlook on the deepest bond humans can have. Covering thinkers from Aristotle and Lévy- Bruhl to Émile Durkheim and David Schneider, and communities from the Maori and the English to the Korowai of New Guinea, he draws on a breadth of theory and a range of ethnographic examples to form an acute definition of kinship, what he calls the "mutuality of being." Kinfolk are persons who are parts of one another to the extent that what happens to one is felt by the other. Meaningfully and emotionally, relatives live each other's lives and die each other's deaths. In the second part of his essay, Sahlins shows that mutuality of being is a symbolic notion of belonging, not a biological connection by "blood." Quite apart from relations of birth, people may become kin in ways ranging from sharing the same name or the same food to helping each other survive the perils of the high seas. In a groundbreaking argument, he demonstrates that even where kinship is reckoned from births, it is because the wider kindred or the clan ancestors are already involved in procreation, so that the notion of birth is meaningfully dependent on kinship rather than kinship on birth. By formulating this reversal, Sahlins identifies what kinship truly is: not nature, but culture."--Publisher's website
The Western illusion of human nature : with reflections on the long history of hierarchy, equality and the sublimation of anarchy in the West, and comparative notes on other conceptions of the human condition by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
19 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reflecting the decline in college courses on Western Civilization, Marshall Sahlins aims to accelerate the trend by reducing "Western Civ" to about two hours. He cites Nietzsche to the effect that deep issues are like cold baths; one should get into and out of them as quickly as possible. The deep issue here is the ancient Western specter of a presocial and antisocial human nature: a supposedly innate self-interest that is represented in our native folklore as the basis or nemesis of cultural order. Yet these Western notions of nature and culture ignore the one truly universal character of human sociality: namely, symbolically constructed kinship relations. Kinsmen are members of one another: they live each other's lives and die each other's deaths. But where the existence of the other is thus incorporated in the being of the self, neither interest, nor agency or even experience is an individual fact, let alone an egoistic disposition. -- Description from (Oct. 24, 2011)
Waiting for Foucault, still by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Turkish and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Âge de pierre, âge d'abondance l'économie des sociétés primitives by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
19 editions published between 1972 and 2003 in French and Slovenian and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Des îles dans l'histoire by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
4 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La découverte du vrai sauvage : et autres essais by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inseln der Geschichte by Marshall Sahlins( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Sahlins, M. 1930-
Sahlins, M. D. 1930-
Sahlins, M. (Marshall David), 1930-
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Sahlins, Marshall David
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English (390)
French (47)
Spanish (29)
Italian (10)
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