The main items are in bold. (Abbreviations: JASO = Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford. JRAI = Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  JRAS = Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.)


1975       Byansi kinship terminology:  a study in symmetry.  Man 10:  80-94.


1976       Sherpa kinship terminology in diachronic perspective.   Man 11:  569-587.


1982       A dance of relatives.  JASO 13(2):  139-146.


1986        Tetradic theory: an approach to kinship.  JASO 17(2): 87-109. [For revised version see 2004]


1989a     The evolution of kinship terminologies.  Lingua 77: 173-185.


1989b     Assimilation of alternate generations.  JASO 20(1): 45-55.


1995a      The Division of Labour and the notion of primitive society: a Maussian approach.  Social Anthropology 3(1): 49-59. [for revised version see Ch 3 in Allen 2000]


1995b      Nachal’nyi etap evolyutsii terminologii rodstva dravidiickogo tipa.  Pp. 26-42 in V A Popov (ed) Algebra rodstva  (Vypusk 1).  St Petersburg: Russian Academy of Sciences.  [Trans. by Irina Zh. Kozhanovskaya of early version of 1998b].


1998a      Effervescence and the origins of human society.  Pp. 148-161 in N J Allen, W S F Pickering and W Watts Miller (eds) On Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of religious life. London: Routledge. [Reprinted in 2001; for revised version see Ch 4 in Allen 2000]


1998b     The prehistory of Dravidian-type terminologies [revised version of 1995b].  Pp.  314-331 in M Godelier, T R Trautmann and F E Tjon Sie Fat (eds) Transformations of kinship.  Washington: Smithsonian Institution.


2000       N J Allen, Categories and classifications: Maussian reflections on the social.  Oxford: Berghahn. [esp. Chs. 3-4]


2001        Effervescence and the origins of human society.  Pp.189-203 in W S F Pickering (ed) Emile Durkheim: critical assessments of leading sociologists (3rd Series), Vol. 2. London: Routledge. [= 1998a]


2004       Tetradic theory: an approach to kinship. Pp. 221-235 in Kinship and family: an anthropological reader, eds. R. Parkin and L. Stone.  Oxford: Blackwell. [Revised version of 1986b]


2008       Tetradic theory and the origin of human kinship systems. Pp. 96-112 in Nicholas J. Allen, Hilary Callan, Robin Dunbar and Wendy James (eds) Early human kinship: from sex to social reproduction. Oxford: Blackwell.



1976        Review of Dravidien et Kariera by L. Dumont.  Man 11:  622.

1977        Review of The Nayars today by C J Fuller. TLS (17 June):  741.

1980        Comment on: Early Austronesian social organization by R Blust. Current Anthropology 21:230-1.

1980        Review of Caste and kinship in Kangra by J P Parry.  JRAS:  200.

1988        Review of Foundations of kinship mathematics by P-Hs Liu.  JASO 19(3):  296-8.

1993        Review of La relation frère-soeur by R Jamous.  Anthropos 88: 249-250.

2000        Comment: Marriage by capture.  JRAI 6 (1): 135.

2005        Comment on Karstedt.  Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 130: 331-3.


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