Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

"If you must recognize what anthropology is, examine what anthropologists do," write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: a really brief Introduction. This enticing assessment of the sphere combines an obtainable account of a few of the discipline's guiding ideas and method with plentiful examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.

Peter simply and John Monaghan start through discussing anthropology's most vital contributions to trendy idea: its research of tradition as a distinctively human attribute, its doctrine of cultural relativism, and its method of fieldwork and ethnography. Drawing on examples from their very own fieldwork in Indonesia and Mesoamerica, they study particular ways that social and cultural anthropology have complicated our figuring out of human society and tradition. together with an evaluation of anthropology's current place, and a glance ahead to its most likely destiny, Social and Cultural Anthropology will make attention-grabbing interpreting for somebody fascinated by this social science.

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