All study of the origins of social institutions must be based on what ethnology can tell us of the psychology of the lower races and on the primitive conceptions of human relations which are thus established. It is only in early modes of thought that we can find the explanation of ceremonies and systems which originated in primitive society; and, if ceremony and system are the concrete forms in which human relations are expressed, an examination, ethnological and psychological, of human relations, is indispensable for enquiry into human institutions.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory 2. Taboo 3. Sexual Taboo 4. Human Relations 5. Human Relations (cont.) 6. Human Relations (concluded) 7. Commensal Relations 8. Sexual Relations 9. Sexual Relations (continued) 10. The breaking of taboo 11. Theory of union 12. Theory of change and exchange
Ernest Crawley was a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Sociological Society. He contributed to the 'Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics'. He died 21 October 1924 in Kensington.