The Economics of Primitive Peoples


WHEN first we set eyes on Negroes or Chinamen, their faces seem all alike. So do the minds of all non-Europeans. To the anthropologist, all men outside the trousered world are of one mental hue, called primitive. Since they are all one kind, what is true of one tribe can unhesitatingly be applied to all the rest from the North Cape to Cape Horn. If one is crassly conservative, all are (p. 30); if marriage is an extremely loose bond, say in Tahiti, it must be so in the Solomons; a place has been found where a woman's ambition is satisfied with presenting a son to her husband, so this is characteristic of all ‘primitive’ women.

The Economics of Primitive Peoples

By Dr. Stephan Viljoen. Pp. 282. (London: P. S. King and Son, Ltd., 1936.) 12s. 6d. net.


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HOCART, A. The Economics of Primitive Peoples. Nature 138, 904 (1936).

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