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The Way The World Is: Cultural Processes And Social Relations Among The Mombasa Swahili
by Marc J. Swartz
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Marc Swartz takes us for the first time into the homes and neighborhoods of the Swahili in the East African port of Mombasa. At the same time he develops a new model for the operation and transmission of culture.
In asking how cultural elements influence the social behavior of those who do not share them as well as of those who do, Swartz points to the mediation of status. The many types of status available to individuals provide guidelines that help explain, for example, why the broadly shared elements of Swahili culture (Islamic religion or the nuclear family) do not alone translate into behavior. The Way the World Is demonstrates in a highly original way how culture "works."
From the Inside Flap
"There is no other book that covers such material as carefully or as richly as this. . . . Swartz has used his study to advance how we look at a people's culture, make sense of it, and of their lives."--Ronald Cohen, University of Florida
From the Back Cover
"There is no other book that covers such material as carefully or as richly as this. . . . Swartz has used his study to advance how we look at a people's culture, make sense of it, and of their lives." (Ronald Cohen, University of Florida)
About the Author
Marc J. Swartz is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, and is the author of Political Anthropology (Aldine 1966), and Culture: The Anthropological Perspective (McGraw-Hill 1980).
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