provides description and analysis of the terms, concepts and issues of social and cultural anthropology. International in authorship and coverage, this accessible work is fully indexed and cross-referenced. From the Back Cover
The Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
provides a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline which discusses human social and cultural life in all its diversity and difference.
Theory, ethnography and history are combined in over 200 substantial entries on topics as wide ranging as race, postmodernism, witchcraft and essentialism, magic and methodology.
Structure of entries
Authoritative entries have been commissioned from among the world's leading specialists. Alphabetically organised, the main entires contain clear, concise and provocative explanations of key anthropological themes and ideas, as well as surveys of the most important regional traditions of ethnographic research. Each entry contains cross-references and a bibliographic guide to further reading. The encyclopedia also contains a bibliographic appendix, with details of the lives and works of over 250 important figures in the history of anthropology and a glossary with short explanations of over 600 terms and concepts.
* History of anthropological research, colonialism, orientalism and occidentalism, theories of culture and societies
* Kinship, gender and family, marriage, the body
* Ritual and religion, mythology , belief, cognition, rationality
* Language and linguistics , poetics, literacy, aesthetics, film, museums
*Relations with other disciplines (e.g. archaeology, sociology) About the AuthorAlan Barnard
studied at George Washington, McMaster and London Universities and is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He has done extensive fieldwork and is author of Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa
(Cambridge University Press, 1992), Research Practices in the Study of Kinship
(with Anthony Good, Academic Press, 1984), and numerous articles on hunter-gatherers, kinship and the history of anthropology.Jonathan Spencer
studied anthropology at the Universities of Edinburgh, Chicago and Oxford and is now Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He has carried out extensive research in Sri Lanka and is the author of A Sinhala Village in a Time of Trouble
(Oxford University Press, 1990) and many articles on politics, nationalism and religion.