The Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology

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The Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology presents a state of the art overview of the subject - its methodologies, current debates, history and future. It will provide the ultimate source of authoritative, critical descriptions of all the key aspects of the discipline as well as a consideration of the general state of the discipline at a time when there is notable uncertainty about its foundations, composition and direction.

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Overview

The Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology presents a state of the art overview of the subject - its methodologies, current debates, history and future. It will provide the ultimate source of authoritative, critical descriptions of all the key aspects of the discipline as well as a consideration of the general state of the discipline at a time when there is notable uncertainty about its foundations, composition and direction.

Divided into five core sections, the Handbook: examines the changing theoretical and analytical orientations that have led to new ways of carrying out research; presents an analysis of the traditional historical core and how the discipline has changed since 1980; considers the ethnographic regions where work has had the greatest impact on anthropology as a whole; outlines the people and institutions that are the context in which the discipline operates, covering topics from research funding to professional ethics.

Bringing together leading international scholars, the Handbook provides a guide to the latest research in social and cultural anthropology. Presenting a systematic overview - and offering a wide range of examples, insights and analysis - it will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students in anthropology as well as cultural and social geography, cultural studies and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847883841
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/14/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Carrier is Hon. Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Indiana. His published books include Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism since 1700 (1995, Routledge), Occidentalism (1995, Oxford UP, J. Carrier, ed.), Meanings of the Market (1997, Berg, J. Carrier, ed.), Virtualism (1998, Berg, J. Carrier and Daniel Miller, eds), Confronting Environments: Local Environmental Understanding in a Globalising World (2004, AltaMira, J. Carrier, ed.), A Handbook of Economic Anthropology (2005, Edward Elgar, J. Carrier, ed.; selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2006). He was awarded the Rivers Memorial Medal by the RAI in 1997, and was Hon. Ed. of the Jourbanal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 1999-2001.

Deborah B. Gewertz is G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College. Her first ethnography was Sepik River Societies (1983, Yale). With Edward Schieffelin, she co-edited History and Ethnohistory in Papua New Guinea (1985, Oceania Monographs). With Frederick Errington, she wrote Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology (1987, Cambridge), Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts (1991, Cambridge), Articulating Change in the ‘Last Unknown' (1995, Westview Press), Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea (1999, Cambridge) and Yali's Question: Sugar, Culture, and History (2004, Chicago).

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Table of Contents

General IntroductionPART 1: ORIENTATIONSIntroduction1. Culture/2. Power/3. Postmodernism/4. Political economy/5. MethodologyPART 2: ELEMENTSIntroduction6. Kinship/7. Economy/8. Politics/9. Religion/10. ExchangePART 3: ISSUESIntroduction11. Gender/12. Development/13. Ethnicity/14. Migration/15. Consumption/16. Environment/17. Globalisation/18. Material Culture and ArtPART 4: REGIONSIntroduction19. Melanesia/20. Africa/21. Post-Socialist societies/22. South Asia/23. Amazonia/24. The WestPART 5: CONTEXTIntroduction25. Research funding/26. Enrolment and employment/27. Applied & public anthropology/28. Related disciplines/29. EthicsBibliographyIndex

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