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Concise Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology

ISBN: 978-1-118-32934-4
320 pages
April 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Practical and accessible, this dictionary is designed to enlighten those newly engaged in anthropological study or seeking a quick guide to the field.
  • Fills a need for a beginner’s pocket guide to the far-reaching and complex field of anthropology, including over 800 detailed entries and the intellectual background of terms
  • Written in plain, jargon-free language, for readers without extensive background in the field
  • Features brief, conceptual definitions of terms, bibliographical references to anthropological classics, related works for background reading and further research
  • The user-friendly format includes bold terms featured elsewhere in the book, extensive cross-references, and indexes of names, peoples, places and subjects
  • Incorporates related terminology from allied fields such as sociology, economics and geography
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

List of Illustrations x

Concise Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology 1

Major Sources 279

References 280

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Author Information

Mike Morris is the anthropology subject consultant for Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries. For over 20 years, he has also managed the library at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology in Oxford.
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“Otherwise, this Concise Dictionary serves as a useful addition to collections of all levels and sizes.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 September 2012)

The Concise Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology will provide invaluable assistance to anthropological researchers both old and new. It provides an authoritative single point of reference to the wide range of technical terms which professional anthropologists are expected to understand.”
- David Zeitlyn, Oxford University

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