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On the Order of Chaos: Social Anthropology and the Science of Chaos Mark S. Mosko

On the Order of Chaos: Social Anthropology and the Science of Chaos

Mark S. Mosko

Published August 15th 2005
ISBN : 9781845450236
Hardcover
276 pages
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Over the past two decades, chaos theory - the perception of order previously hidden in phenomena of apparent randomness and disorder - has fundamentally transformed the natural sciences. In recent years, numerous scholars in the social sciences andMoreOver the past two decades, chaos theory - the perception of order previously hidden in phenomena of apparent randomness and disorder - has fundamentally transformed the natural sciences. In recent years, numerous scholars in the social sciences and humanities have attempted to adapt the insights of chaos theory to their studies of human cultural and social systems. Several of the worlds leading anthropologists, such as Roy Wagner, Marshall Sahlins, Marilyn Strathern, and Arjun Appadurai - have similarly drawn upon particular elements of chaos theory for their inspiration, but as yet there is no focused, comprehensive treatment of the applicability of chaos theory to anthropologys distinctive ethnographic and cross-cultural materials. This edited volume fills the gap, with both accessible theoretical discussions of chaos theory applications in anthropology and detailed ethnographic and historical illustrations from Africa and Melanesia. Mark S. Mosko is Professor of Anthropology in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Fred Damon is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.