Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Humanity, Culture and Social Life [NOOK Book]


New in paperback, this Companion provides a unique survey of contemporary thinking in biological, social and cultural anthropology. A prestigious editor leads an international team of acknowledged experts in each field.
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Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Humanity, Culture and Social Life

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New in paperback, this Companion provides a unique survey of contemporary thinking in biological, social and cultural anthropology. A prestigious editor leads an international team of acknowledged experts in each field.
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This comprehensive and integrated three-volume encyclopedia focuses its attention on humanity, culture, and social life. The 11 articles in Part 1 deal with the origin and evolution of our species in terms of fossil hominids, tool-making behavior, language, modes of subsistence, and population studies. Of special interest is the entry on the evolution of early hominids by Phillip V. Tobias, although it is unfortunate that there is no recent contribution from Donald Johanson or Richard Leakey on this complex but essential subject in physical anthropology. Part 2's 14 articles cover a wide range of topics, including art, myth, ritual, religion, and technology. Mary LeCron Foster's entry on symbolism as the foundation of culture is especially important. Part 3 examines the socialization of human beings and contains articles on kinship, language, social evolution, and violence. The four editorial introductions by Ingold (Univ. of Manchester) are most helpful in outlining the scope, structure, and content of this impressive reference work. Recommended for all anthropology collections, especially those in academic libraries.-- James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
From the Publisher
'Ingold's Companion Encyclopedia deserves to be a lifelong companion for researchers and students who need more than potted information.' - Anthropology Today

'There is no truly comparable work. This book is an essential asset for university and anthropological libraries and a useful addition to any reference library.' - The Year in Reference

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134976539
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/11/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1168
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Tim Ingold is at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

General introduction
The contributors
Pt. I Humanity 1
1 Introduction to humanity 3
2 Humanity and animality 14
3 The evolution of early hominids 33
4 Human evolution: the last one million years 79
5 The origins and evolution of language 108
6 Tools and tool behaviour 133
7 Niche construction, evolution and culture 162
8 Modes of subsistence: hunting and gathering to agriculture and pastoralism 197
9 The diet and nutrition of human populations 226
10 Demographic expansion: causes and consequences 265
11 Disease and the destruction of indigenous populations 297
Pt. II Culture 327
12 Introduction to culture 329
13 Why animals have neither culture nor history 350
14 Symbolism: the foundation of culture 366
15 Artefacts and the meaning of things 396
16 Technology 420
17 Spatial organization and the built environment 460
18 Perceptions of time 503
19 Aspects of literacy 527
20 Magic, religion and the rationality of belief 563
21 Myth and metaphor 591
22 Ritual and performance 613
23 The anthropology of art 648
24 Music and dance 686
25 The politics of culture: ethnicity and nationalism 706
Pt. III Social Life 735
26 Introduction to social life 737
27 Sociality among humans and non-human animals 756
28 Rules and prohibitions: the form and content of human kinship 783
29 Understanding sex and gender 813
30 Socialization, enculturation and the development of personal identity 831
31 Social aspects of language use 861
32 Work, the division of labour and co-operation 891
33 Exchange and reciprocity 911
34 Political domination and social evolution 940
35 Law and dispute processes 962
36 Collective violence and common security 983
37 Inequality and equality 1010
38 The nation state, colonial expansion and the contemporary world order 1040
Index 1067
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