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The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology

The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology

Two Volume Set
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July 2012 | 1 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In two volumes, the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology provides the definitive overview of contemporary research in the discipline. It explains the what, where, and how of current and anticipated work in Social Anthropology. With 80 authors, contributing more than 60 chapters, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of research in Social Anthropology available and the essential point of departure for future projects.

The Handbook is divided into four sections:

-Part I: Interfaces examines Social Anthropology's disciplinary connections, from Art and Literature to Politics and Economics, from Linguistics to Biomedicine, from History to Media Studies.

-Part II: Places examines place, region, culture, and history, from regional, area studies to a globalized world

-Part III: Methods examines issues of method; from archives to war zones, from development projects to art objects, and from ethics to comparison

-Part IV: Futures anticipates anthropologies to come: in the Brain Sciences; in post-Development; in the Body and Health; and in new Technologies and Materialities

Edited by the leading figures in social anthropology, the Handbook includes a substantive introduction by Richard Fardon, a think piece by Jean and John Comaroff, and a concluding last word on futures by Marilyn Strathern. The authors - each at the leading edge of the discipline - contribute in-depth chapters on both the foundational ideas and the latest research.

Comprehensive and detailed, this magisterial Handbook overviews the last 25 years of the social anthropological imagination. It will speak to scholars in Social Anthropology and its many related disciplines.

John Gledhill and James Fairhead
Preface: The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth
John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff
Foreword: Thinking Anthropologically, About British Social Anthropology
Richard Fardon
Introduction: Flying Theory, Grounded Method
Edited by Cris Shore and Richard A. Wilson
Cris Shore and Richard A. Wilson
Introduction: Anthropology's Interdisciplinary Connections
Alessandro Duranti
Anthropology and Linguistics
Christina Toren
Anthropology and Psychology
Sarah Franklin
Anthropology of Biomedicine and Bioscience
Arnd Schneider
Anthropology and Art
Kevin Latham
Anthropology, Media and Cultural Studies
Cris Shore
Anthropology and Public Policy
Sally Engle Merry
Anthropology and Law
Jane K. Cowan
Anthropology and History
Julian Thomas
Anthropology and Archaeology
Keith Hart
Anthropology, Economics and Development Studies
Jennifer Curtis and Jonathan Spencer
Anthropology and the Political
Martin Mills
Anthropology and Religious Studies
Brian Durrans
Anthropology and Museums
Henrietta L. Moore
Anthropology and Gender Studies
Richard Werbner
Anthropology and the Postcolonial
C.W. Watson
Anthropology and Literature
Edited by Mark Nuttall
Mark Nuttall
Introduction: Place, Region, Culture, History: From Area Studies to a Globalized World
Mark Nuttall
The Circumpolar North: Locating the Arctic and Sub-Arctic
Sarah Green
Replacing Europe
David Pratten
Retroversion, Introversion, Extraversion: Three Aspects of African Anthropology
Glenn Bowman
Refiguring the Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa
Magnus Marsden
Southwest and Central Asia: Comparison, Integration or Beyond?
Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery
South Asia: Intimacy and Identities, Politics and Poverty
D.P. Martinez
Modernization and its Aftermath: The Anthropology of Japan
J.S. Eades
The Emerging Socio-Cultural Anthropology of Emerging China
Roy Ellen
Archipelagic Southeast Asia
Nicolas Peterson, Don Gardner and James Urry
Australasian Contrasts
Nicolas Peterson
Don Gardner
James Urry
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Kathleen Lowrey and Pauline Turner Strong
Two Indigenous Americas
Pauline Turner Strong
North America
Kathleen Lowrey
South America
John Gledhill and Peter Wade
North and Latin American National Societies from a Continental Perspective
Vered Amit
Migration and Other Forms of Movement
Nigel Rapport
The Cosmopolitan World
Robert K. Hitchcock and Maria Sapignoli
The Indigenous World
Edited by the late Olivia Harris and Veronica Strang
Richard Fardon and Veronica Strang
Introduction: Issues of Method
Janet Carsten
Fieldwork Since the 1980s: Total Immersion and its Discontents
Tristan Platt
Between Routine and Rupture: The Archive as Field Event
Susan Gal
The Role of Language in Ethnographic Method
Joshua Barker
The Ethnographic Interview in an Age of Globalization
Karin Barber
Interpreting Texts and Performances
Rupert Cox and Christopher Wright
Blurred Visions: Reflecting Visual Anthropology
Liana Chua and Amiria Salmond
Artefacts in Anthropology
Penelope Harvey
Knowledge and Experimental Practice: A Dialogue Between Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies
Nayanika Mookherjee
Twenty-first Century Ethics for Audited Anthropologists
Michael Lambek
Ethics Out of the Ordinary
Paul Richards
Researching Zones of Conflict and War
Tim Allen and Melissa Parker
Conflicts and Compromises? Experiences of Doing Anthropology at the Interface of Public Policy
Paul Sillitoe
From Participant-Observation to Participant-Collaboration: Some Observations on Participatory-cum-Collaborative Approaches
Andre Gingrich
Comparative Methods in Socio-Cultural Anthropology Today
Edited by Trevor H.J. Marchand
Trevor H.J. Marchand
Introduction: Anthropologies to Come
Section 4.1: Neo-Darwinism, Biology and the Brain Sciences
Robin I.M. Dunbar
Anthropology and Neo-Darwinism
Harvey Whitehouse
Cognition, Evolution and the Future of Social Anthropology
Greg Downey
Trevor H.J. Marchand
Knowledge in Hand: Explorations of Brain, Hand and Tool
Section 4.2: After Development: Environment, Food, Energy, Disaster
James Fairhead and Melissa Leach
Environment and Society: Political Ecologies and Moral Futures
Laura M. Rival
Anthropological Encounters with Economic Development and Biodiversity Conservation
Jakob A. Klein, Johan Pottier and Harry G. West
New Directions in the Anthropology of Food
Veronica Strang
Water, Land and Territory
Edward Simpson
The Anthropology of Disaster Aftermath
Section 4.3: Demographics, Health and the Transforming Body
Sophie Day
Demographies in Flux
Helen Lambert
New Medical Anthropology
Axel Klein
The Anthropology of Drugs
Andrea Cornwall
Transforming Bodies: The Embodiment of Sexual and Gender Difference
Section 4.4: New Technologies and Materialities
Susanne K chler
New Materials and New Technologies: Science, Design and the Challenge to Anthropology
Ron Eglash
Anthropology and Emerging Technologies: Science, Subject and Symbiosis
Dominic Boyer
From Media Anthropology to the Anthropology of Mediation
Christopher Pinney
Anthropology in the New Millennium
Marilyn Strathern
Afterword: A Last Word on Futures

This handbook valuably frames the perspectives of scholars whose commitment to empirical field research has established them as voices at once critical and authoritative, and who here tackle the discipline's compelling topical issues and anticipate its emergent. challenges
Michael Herzfeld
Harvard University

This is a must have volume for scholars and students of anthropology alike. All the contributors are significant anthropologists in their field and they guide the reader brilliantly through the particular fields of their expertise. This is a book which covers both the enormous breadth of anthropology and the challenging ways it addresses critical issues of the contemporary world.
Bruce Kapferer
University of Bergen

Cutting anthropology up into as many jig-saw pieces as possible is the counter-intuitive way the editors puzzle out a coherent and convincing picture of unity in the discipline today.
Richard G. Fox
President Emeritus, Wenner-Gren Foundation

What the editors and contributors have achieved here is considerable. By taking the pulse of 'British social anthropology,' they have illustrated how unified and simultaneously how diversified anthropology has become. It is no longer divided simply by historical or geographic tradition (British versus American) but has grown into an exciting, mature, and introspective discipline that, perhaps most importantly of all, has had profound and beneficial effects on other disciplines while being profoundly and beneficially affected by them. It is gratifying to see how much anthropology has to offer and that scholars and professionals outside anthropology have begun to welcome that offer.
Jack David Eller
Anthropology Review Database

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