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Anthropology: The Basics

By Peter Metcalf

© 2006 – Routledge

216 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The ultimate guide for the student encountering anthropology for the first time, Anthropology: The Basics explains and explores key anthropological concepts including:

  • what is anthropology?
  • how can we distinguish cultural differences from physical ones?
  • what is culture, anyway?
  • how do anthropologists study culture?
  • what are the key theories and approaches used today?
  • How has the discipline changed over time?

This student-friendly text provides an overview of the fundamental principles of anthropology and is an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to learn more about this fascinating subject.

Reviews

'A good read, with instructive boxes and useful summaries, and it will doubtless whet many's appetite for more.' Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway

Table of Contents

1. Encountering Cultural Difference 2. Misunderstanding Cultural Difference 3. Social Dos and Dont's 4. African Political Systems 5. Anthropology, History and Imperialism 6. Culture and Language 7. Culture and Nature 8. The End of the Tribes 9. Culture and the Individual 10. Critical Anthropology

About the Author

Peter Metcalf is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. His most recent publications include They Lie, We Lie: Getting On With Anthropology (2000), and Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual (with Richard Huntington, 1991).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General