Choice and morality in anthropological perspective: essays by G. N. Appell, Triloki Madan

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His publications include the edited volume of The Societies of Borneo: Explorations in the Theory of Cognatic Social Structure (American Anthropological Association, 1976); Dilemmas and Ethical Conflicts in Anthropological Inquiry: A Case Book (Crossroads Press, 1978); and the edited volume of Modernization and the Emergence of a Landless Peasantry: Essays on the Integration of Peripheries to Socioeconomic Centers (Studies in Third World Societies, 1985). George Devereux was, until his recent death, Professor Emeritus, Ecole des Hautes en Sciences Sociales; Consultant in Ethnopsychiatry, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris.

He had previously visited Sa'anapu in 1942 during an archaeological survey of Seuao Cave, which was one of a number of archaeological investigations he carried out during the years 194143. During his visits there, he became friendly with a senior talking chief who had lost his youngest son after a sudden illness. This talking chief viewed Freeman's coming to live with him as reparation for his loss, and adopted him into his family (see Freeman 1983a:xiiixiv). In January 1943, when Freeman returned to Sa'anapu for an extended stay, its chiefs conferred on him one of their titles, that of Logona-i-Taga ("Heard at the Tree Felling"), which is the title of the heir apparent of the high chief of Sa'anapu.

Freeman wrote in his obituary of Nadel that he was one of social anthropology's "most brilliant figures," and he described him in terms that shed light on and reflect Freeman's own character and intellect. Of Nadel's many qualities, Freeman wrote, three deserved special mention: First, there was the scientific spirit which so animated all his activities Second, there was his absolute integrity and his constant regard for ethical principle Third, and most difficult of all to describe was [his] remarkable lambency of mind Whatever the subject being discussed or the problem under inquiry, Nadel's original and discerning mind could always be expected to illuminate it [Freeman 1956a:10].

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