Understanding Social Anthropology

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An introduction to social anthropology, dealing chapter by chapter with some of the key topics of the subject, such as kinship, politics and religion. Professor Pocock highlights the moral and intellectual relevance of social anthropology to living in the increasingly complex society of the 20th century, and by means of an interactive approach, he encourages readers to think anthropologically and gain an idea of how anthropology might tell them something about their own lives. The introduction takes stock of the ...
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Overview

An introduction to social anthropology, dealing chapter by chapter with some of the key topics of the subject, such as kinship, politics and religion. Professor Pocock highlights the moral and intellectual relevance of social anthropology to living in the increasingly complex society of the 20th century, and by means of an interactive approach, he encourages readers to think anthropologically and gain an idea of how anthropology might tell them something about their own lives. The introduction takes stock of the developments in the field since the title's first publication.ON DISK:A comprehensive introduction to social anthropology covering the key topics and setting anthropology firmly in a cross-cultural context. The book highlights the moral and intellectual relevance of social anthropology to living in the increasingly complex society of the Twentieth Century. A new introduction outlines the contemporary value of Pocock's classic text and, with the new Guide to Further Reading, resituates the text within contemporary thought and literature.
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Introduces students to the kaleidoscopic diversity of cultures around the world and the rich variety of their ways of life. Exercises in cross-cultural comparisons make readers aware of their own social place in the world and encourage them to reflect on their own social values on authority, status, kinship, and money. Originally published in 1975 by Hodder & Stoughton, London. This edition offers a new introduction, discussing developments in anthropology since 1975. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780485121407
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

New Introduction and Guide to Further Reading by Jeremy MacClancy
Foreword
1 Introductory 1
2 The Family 30
3 Marriage 65
4 Economic Anthropology 97
5 Political Organisation and the Birth of a Nation 128
6 Belief and Action 153
7 Witchcraft and Sorcery 189
8 'We' and 'They' 214
Appendix 229
Index 251
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