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- DescriptionWhy the Porcupine Is Not a Bird is a comprehensive analysis of kwledge of animals among the Nage people of central Flores in Indonesia. Gregory Forth sheds light on the ongoing anthropological debate surrounding the categorization of animals in small-scale n-Western societies. Forth's detailed discussion of how the Nage people conceptualize their relationship to the animal world covers the naming and classification of animals, their symbolic and practical use, and the ecology of central Flores and its change over the years. His study reveals the empirical basis of Nage classifications, which align surprisingly well with the taxomies of modern biologists. It also shows how the Nage employ systems of symbolic and utilitarian classification distinct from their general taxomy. A tremendous source of ethgraphic detail, Why the Porcupine Is Not a Bird is an important contribution to the fields of ethbiology and cognitive anthropology.
- Author BiographyGregory Forth is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
- Author(s)Gregory L. Forth
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication26/02/2016
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleAnthropological Horizons
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Content Note27, 2 figures, 3 maps
- Weight600 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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