By Bernardo Bernardi

All societies are differentiated by way of age. yet in a few, this differentiation takes the shape of institutionalized, officially graded age periods, the individuals of which proportion an assigned 'structural' age, if now not unavoidably a similar physiological age. the character of formal age crew platforms has develop into one of many vintage matters in smooth social anthropology, even though before there was no finished explication of those complicated sorts of social association. during this e-book, Bernardo Bernardi, one of many pioneers of the anthropological examine of age classification platforms, presents a fashion of constructing feel of the range of such platforms by way of analysing cross-culturally their universal good points and the development in their modifications, and displaying that they serve a common goal for the association of society and for the distribution and rotation of strength.

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