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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (2000)

by John Monaghan, Peter Just

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After a brief introduction on ethnography as practised by anthropologists, the authors discuss the concepts of culture and society and then go on to discuss the different ways people sees themselves as members of social groups, such as families, classes, tribes and nations, and their relations to the physical and spiritual worlds. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Sep 7, 2014 |
A reasonable introduction into anthropology, splitting halfway between a discussion of the theoretical underpinnings of the field and examples of cultural diversity in various areas (religion, possessions, relationships, etc.). The examples are completely fascinating, but the theoretical discussions are somewhat dry and although they don't shirk from describing the mammoth difficulties in studying a different culture, to my mind betray the shaky pseudo-scientific ground that anthropology rests on. ( )
  RachDan | Jul 11, 2008 |
Brings forward the difficulties in judging another culture from one's own cultural bias. Recounts the circular path that anthropology has taken back to where it began: as a travelogue of personal encounters. "People are everywhere the same except in the ways they differ" (145) just about sums it all up. ( )
  kaulsu | Feb 25, 2007 |
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"If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do," write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline's guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.
Peter Just and John Monaghan begin by discussing anthropology's 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. Drawing on examples from their own fieldwork in Indonesia and Mesoamerica, they examine specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture. Including an assessment of anthropology's present position, and a look forward to its likely future, Social and Cultural Anthropology will make fascinating reading for anyone curious about this social science.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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"Using examples from their own research in Indonesia and Mexico, John Monaghan and Peter Just give the reader a sense of what it is like to be an anthropologist doing the unique fieldwork that sets anthropology apart from other social sciences. They also provide an account of the 'big' questions that have concerned anthropologists since the beginnings of the field: What is unique about human beings? How are groups of people - family, class, tribe, nation - formed, and what holds them together? What is the nature of belief, economic exchange, the self?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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