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Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology [Hardcover]

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Pages   688
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 7.4" Height: 1.7"
Weight:   3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 1996
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  041509996X  
EAN  9780415099967  

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This volume provides a unique guide to the ideas and history the ideas and history of the discipline which discusses human, social and cultural life in all its diversity. Theory, ethnography and history are combined in over 200 substantial entries on topics as wide ranging as race, postmodernism, witchcraft, essentialism, magic and methodology. Authoritative entries have been commissioned from among the world's leading specialists. Alphabetically organized, the main entries 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 biographic appendix, with details of the lives and works of over 200 important figures in the history of anthropology and a glossary with short explanations of over 500 terms and concepts. Areas covered include: History of anthropological research, colonialism, orientalism and occidentalism, theories of culture and society * Kinship, gender and family, marriage, the body * Ritual and religion, language and linguistics, poetics, literacy, aesthetics, film, museums * Relations with other disciplines (e.g. archaeology and sociology).

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alan Barnard is the CEO of Goldratt Research Labs, an organization dedicated to work with leading private and public sector organizations from around to find and test simple solutions to complex problems that will unlock hidden potential and to develop and test such new Theory of Constraints knowledge/applications in win: win: win partnerships. Alan is a past chairman of TOCICO (2003-2005), Past President of SAPICS (1998-2002) and Chairman of the TOC Odyssey Institute. Alan is certified by TOCICO in all applications of Theory of Constraints. Alan obtained his BsC Ind Eng degree (Cum Laude) in 1991 and completed his PhD at the Da Vinci Institute of Technology in 2009. The title of his PhD thesis was "How to identify and unlock inherent potential within organizations and individuals using the system's approach of TOC." Raimond Immelman is currently serving as the Vice President: Strategic Services at First Solar Inc. He served as member of the board of First Solar in 2002-2004. He holds college qualifications in engineering, commerce and business, accredited management consultant, and author of the best-selling business novel "Great Boss - Dead Boss." Raimond is certified by the TOCICO in all applications of the Theory of Constraints, and has been engaged in some 149 companies as executive or management consultant during his professional career.

Alan Barnard has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh, UK University of Edin.

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Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology  Dec 24, 2006
I am studying anthropological courses in the university and bought the encyclopedia to help and guide me through the new terms I encountered. For these purposes I found this book extremely unhelpful. This is definitely not a book for students, those who start studying anthropology, but rather for those who already know a lot about the science.

For example, here is the definition of essentialism:

"Essentialism commonly appears as both a violation of anthropological relativism and one of the besetting conceptual sins of anthropology. Exemplified by such totalizing ideologies as nationalims and biological determinism, it is also frequently conflated with reification, objectivism and literalism". Etc.

For me in order to understand this definition, I need to read 3-4 page articles in the same encyclopedia about: relativism, biological determinism, objectivism, literalism. And even after that I don't think I will be able to understand what the authors wanted to say by this definition. And its the same almost about every other term or concept I was looking up.

Of course, if you are familiar with all these terms - it is easy, but then do you really need this encyclopedia.

A frustrating experience for me. This publication is collecting dust on a shelf now, and I turned to more popular publications, like "What is anthropology" (terms are explained in a much more accessible language), "Understanding social and cultural anthropology", etc. And... never underestimate wikipedia, the best for me as a student.

Would strongly not recommmend this book for students and whoever is starting to learn anthropology. Will advise it to my anthropology university professor with 20 years teaching experience, he may find it interesting.

A loyal friend  Jun 14, 2003
This book is invaluable. Whatever be your interest in anthropology, this will serve as a comprehensive guide and jumping off point for all areas of the discipline. It is easy to follow, well-written and full of references for further reading. Although it is not suitable for in-depth study (as the title suggests, it is an encyclopedia), it is a fantastic aid for clarifying and summarizing a broad spectrum of topics. For students and the novice, this book is a gem, just don't rely on it to get you through your exams.

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