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The Life Cycle

The life cycle

Margaret Clark (1967) once pointed out that “anthropologists have long claimed the study of cultural patterning of the human life cycle, with its various phases, transitions, and rites of passage, as one of their special concerns” (p. 55). Crane and Angrosino (1992) maintain that “every complete ethnography should give the reader an understanding of the life cycle of the people in question—what it is like to be born, to live each phase of life, and to die in that particular society” (p. 75). Unfortunately, however, the focus in anthropology has been on the earlier years in the life cycle—infancy, childhood, adolescence, and early adult years. Only since Simmons (1945a) have the final years of life received any great amount of ...

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