Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 1, 2000

byJohn Monaghan, Peter Just

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If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do. This Very Short Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology combines an accessible account of some of the disciplines guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work. Peter Just and John Monaghan begin by discussing anthropologys most important contributions to modern thought: its investigation of culture as a distinctively human characteristic, its doctrine of cultural relativism, and its methodology of fieldwork and ethnography. They then examine specific waysin which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture, drawing on examples from their own fieldwork. The book ends with an assessment of anthropologys present position, and a look forward to its likely future.

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This concise, useful and original book about the nature of the subject of anthropology, by anthropology professors John Monaghan and Peter Just invites the reader to think about various questions provoked by the investigation of the subject. Social and Cultural Anthropology explains the disciplines and guiding principles of the met...

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If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do. This Very Short Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology combines an accessible account of some of the disciplines guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work. Peter Just and John Monaghan begin ...

Peter Just is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. His research and teaching interests include law and dispute settlement, religion and magic, and the cross-cultural study of personality and emotions. He is the author of Dou Donggo Justice: Conflict and Morality in an Indonesian Socie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.47 inPublished:February 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192853465

ISBN - 13:9780192853462

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Table of Contents

1. Fieldwork and Ethnography; 2. Culture; 3. Society; 4. Sex and blood; 5. Class and caste, village and city, home and the world; 6. Language and social life; 7. The culturally constructed self 8. The future of anthropology; Further reading; Index.

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This concise, useful and original book about the nature of the subject of anthropology, by anthropology professors John Monaghan and Peter Just invites the reader to think about various questions provoked by the investigation of the subject. Social and Cultural Anthropology explains the disciplines and guiding principles of the methodology and such subjects as the doctrine of cultural relativism, fieldwork and ethnography. This illustrated book is part of Oxford’s celebrated Very Short Introduction series, which explains broad fields of study in an easy-to-read manner.