Regional Analysis

Regional Analysis

Volume 2: Social Systems

1st Edition - July 28, 1976

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  • Editor: Carol A. Smith
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268330

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Regional Analysis, Volume II: Social Systems consists of studies on the general applications of the regional framework for analyzing socioeconomic systems as they exist and develop in territorial-environmental systems. This volume is concerned with social systems, emphasizing the interrelationships among the institutional components of complex societies. Marriage and kinship, political organization, formation of ethnic and cultural-territorial groups, and stratification systems that are affected by regional-environmental variables are also covered. This publication is beneficial to social and regional scientists, geographers, economists, social anthropologists, archeologists, sociologists, and political scientists intending to acquire knowledge of the implications of rural-urban relations and regional settlement patterns.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Contents of Volume I

    Section A Introduction: The Regional Approach to Social Systems

    Chapter 1 Analyzing Regional Social Systems

    Geography and Regional Science

    Cultural Ecology and Systems Theory

    Social Organization in Complex Societies


    Chapter 2 Regional Social Systems: Linking Quantitative Analysis and Field Work

    Community Studies

    Spatial Distribution and Explanation of Sociocultural Phenomena

    Problems of Application of Multivariate Techniques

    Comparative Community Studies: Linking Primary and Secondary Data


    Section B Marriage and Kinship

    Chapter 3 Vaupés Marriage: A Network System in the Northwest Amazon


    Introduction to the Vaupés Region

    Regional Aspects of Vaupés Social Organization

    Toward a More Formal Regional Analysis of Vaupes Marriage



    Chapter 4 Lineage Cells and Regional Definition in Complex Societies

    Complex Societies

    The Case of Northern India

    The Case of Highland Scotland



    Chapter 5 Spatial Aspects of Marriage Patterns as Influenced by Marketing Behavior in West Central Taiwan

    The Rationale

    The Taiwanese Case



    Chapter 6 Factors Underlying Endogamous Group Size


    Semiclosed Groups

    Endogamous Group Size

    The Effect of Population Density

    Regional Patterns

    Beyond Propinquity



    Chapter 7 Central-Place Theory and Endogamy in China

    Ambiguities and Problems in the Data

    Stages of Development

    Interlocking Units

    Mechanisms and Explanations



    Section C Religion, Politics, and Stratification

    Chapter 8 Ethnicity and Local Systems: The Religious Organization of Welshness

    Introduction: Views of Ethnicity

    Social and Economic Background

    Mobilizing Institutions: Alliance and Dissent

    Testing the Model: Regions, Religion, and Politicization


    Chapter 9 Javanese Religious Orientations in the Residency of Surakarta

    The Empirical Setting: The Residency of Surakarta

    The Data Base and Definition of Variables

    Hypothesized Relationships


    Interpretation of Findings



    Chapter 10 Centers and Boundaries of Regional Caste Systems: Toward a General Model

    The Definition of Dominance

    Dominance in Relation to Local Interaction Hierarchies

    Dominance in Relation to Space: A General Model

    Details Concerning Data Collection

    Analysis of Settlement Patterns

    Analysis of Food Transactions

    Grouping the Sample Points

    Historical and Social Considerations



    Section D Political Economy: Social Aspects of Economic Systems

    Chapter 11 Export Monoculture and Regional Social Structure in Puno, Peru

    The Organisation of Dendritic Systems

    The Region: History, Production, and Periphery

    The Core Area



    Chapter 12 Exchange Systems and the Spatial Distribution of Elites: The Organization of Stratification in Agrarian Societies

    Agrarian Distribution Systems

    Uncommercialized Systems

    Partially Commercialized Systems

    Fully Commercialized Systems

    Concluding Remarks



Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1976
  • Published: July 28, 1976
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483268330

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Carol A. Smith

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