chapter  2
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A Comparative Approach to Incest and Adultery1

IN an article entitled 'Changing Emphases in Social Structures' (1955)~ Murdock maintains that sciences first go through a classificatory stage and subsequently arrive at a second phase in which an attempt is made to analyse the 'dynamic processes which give rise to the phenomena thus classified' (1955: 361). As far as anthropology is concerned, 'the initial classificatory task has by now been substantially accomplished in the field of social structure' (361).