Social and cultural anthropology a very short introduction chapter 1

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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction by John Monaghan

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 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. 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 anthropologys 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 lifes 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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What is unique about human beings? How are groups of people formed and what holds them together? What is the nature of belief, economic exchange, the self? Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction provides an account of some of the discipline's guiding principles and methodology. It begins by discussing the most important contributions of anthropology 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 fieldwork examples from Mexico and Indonesia, the specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture are examined. Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase.

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They numbered about 20, on the west side of a big bay on the east of Sumbawa , which is the second major island east of Bali. The surrounding people are predominantly Muslim, but the Dou Donggo retain their indigenous practices. He lived in Santiago Nuyoo , a village with a population of about 3,, in a very rocky but abundant valley. The accuser: Ina Mone , who claimed that la Ninde assaulted her. The result: La Ninde was made to kneel in front of ina Mone begging forgiveness, and she gave him a symbolic slap on the head.

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