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By Jorge Amado

A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, a couple of workforce of boys who stay via their wits and bold within the slums of Bahia They name themselves “Captains of the Sands,” a gang of orphans and runaways who dwell through their wits and bold within the torrid slums and sleazy again alleys of Bahia. Led through fifteen-year-old “Bullet,” the band—including a artful liar named “Legless,” the highbrow “Professor,” and the sexually precocious “Cat”—pulls off heists and escapades opposed to the ideal and privileged of Brazil. but if a public outcry calls for the trap of the “little criminals,” the destiny of those teenagers turns into a poignant, intensely relocating drama of affection and freedom in a shackled land. Captains of the Sands captures the wealthy tradition, vibrant feelings, and wild panorama of Bahia with penetrating authenticity and brilliantly monitors the genius of Brazil’s such a lot acclaimed author.

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CAMPBELL IN THIS essay I discuss certain formal characteristics of the cognatic kinship system of a community of Greek Sarakatsani transhumant shepherds. 1 But although I describe specifically the kinship institu­ tions of a particular shepherd community, the principles and categories which emerge from this discussion are generally valid for rural society in Greece. Indeed, I would claim that if these are not made explicit it will not be possible to understand the structure of any community outside the larger towns; nor, therefore, the moral values and political relations of one half of the Greek nation.

Is there any conclusion of a general kind which it is possible to draw from these different studies ? One of the characteristics of urban society is its heterogeneity. That is to say that it is highly differentiated. It comprises a large number of different social worlds. It is not likely, then, that there will be found one distinctive type of urban family, but rather as many different types as there are differing combinations of material and social conditions under which the family has to act.

A man may find himself in a situation where two men, both related to him but unrelated to one another, are in some form of conflict in which both appeal to him for support. In this predicament the only solution is to remain neutral, since it would be sinful to act against a kinsman except under great provocation. But generally such a situation extends rather than restricts the range of kinship obligations; towards a person who, although not a kinsman himself, is closely related to a kinsman, a man ought to act with more consideration and less hostility than is usual between men who are unrelated.

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