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2011 On Primitive Society, and other forbidden topics. AuthorHouse UK

2008b How We Got Here. From bows and arrows to the space age . AuthorHouse UK

2008a The Konso of Ethiopia . A study of the Values of an East Cushitic Society. AuthorHouse UK. Revised edition of 1st edition, 1972

2004 The Evolution of Moral Understanding .

1986 The Principles of Social Evolution . Oxford : Clarendon Press. (1988 2nd edition, paperback.)

1980 The Foundations of Primitive Thought . Oxford : Clarendon Press.

Translated as:

1984 Die Grundlagen Primitiven Denkens . Tr. L. Bernard. Stuttgart : Klett Cotta. 1990.2 nd edition, paperback.

1984 I Fondamenti del Pensiero Primitivo . Tr. S. Tre Re. Intro. M. Squillaciotti. Rome : Editori Riuniti.

1986 Fundamentos del Pensamiento Primitivo . Tr. F. Patan. Mexico : Fondo de Cultura Economica.


1977 Bloodshed and Vengeance in the Papuan Mountains . The generation of conflict in Tauade society. Oxford : Clarendon Press.

1972 The Konso of Ethiopia . A study of the values of a Cushitic people . Oxford : Clarendon Press.


1979 The Kukukuku of the Upper Watut . Edited from the published and unpublished fieldnotes of the late Beatrice Blackwood, with Introduction and Bibliography. Oxford : Pitt Rivers Museum Monograph Series No. 2.

Journal articles:

1997 'Social evolution'. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics , 152(4), 682-689.

1992 'Is there a primitive society?'. Cambridge Anthropology , 16, 29-44

1986 'Social and biological evolution II: some basic principles of social evolution'.Journal of Social and Biological Structures , 9, 5-31.

1985 'Social and biological evolution I: Darwinism and social evolution'. Journal of Soc.and Biol. Struct ., 8, 129-146.

1984 'The relevance of the theory of inclusive fitness to human society'. Journal of Soc.and Biol. Struct ., 7, 131-144.

1976a 'Is there a primitive mentality?'. Man (n.s.), 11, 253-270.

1976b 'The origins of the Borana gada system'. Africa , 46, 48-56.

1975 'Two types of reciprocity'. Comp. Studies in Society and History . 17, 113-119.

1973a 'Aristotelian and Heraclitean societies'. Ethos , 2, 65-76.

1973b 'Functionalist interpretations of primitive warfare'. Man (n.s.), 4, 51-70.

1970a 'The principles of alliance formation between Konso towns'. Man (n.s.), 5, 258-280.

1970b 'Konso agriculture'. Journal of Ethiopian Studies , 8, 31-43.

1969 'Social hair'. Man (n.s.), 4, 256-64.

1968 'The status of craftsmen among the Konso of southwest Ethiopia'. Africa , 38, 258-269.

Encyclopaedia articles:

2008, 'Time reckoning and calendars', New Encyclopaedia of Africa . Ed. J.Middleton. V, 52-9.New York : Harper Collins.

1997 'Hair'. The Encyclopaedia of Religion . Ed. Mircea Eliade, 6, 154-57.

1995 'The Konso'. The Encyclopaedia of World Cultures . Eds. Middleton & Massam. 9,169-172. HRAF Press

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