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The Dictionary of Anthropology

Thomas Barfield (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-57718-057-9
642 pages
January 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Dictionary of Anthropology is designed to become the standard reference guide to the discipline of social and cultural anthropology. Its core consists of substantial analytical articles focusing on key anthropological concepts, theories and methodologies.
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Table of Contents


How to Use the Dictionary.

List of Contributors.

Dictionary Entries A-Z.


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Author Information

Thomas Barfield is Professor and Chairman of the Anthropology Department at Boston University. He is the author of The Central Asian Arabs of Afganistan, The Perilous Frontier, and The Nomadic Alternative, as well as co-editor of Afghanistan: an Atlas of Indigenous Domestic Architecture.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • The most comprehensive account of anthropological concepts, theories and methodologies yet published.

  • The first reference work in anthropology to give equal prominence to American, British and European work in the discipline.

  • Fully referenced throughout with guides to further reading arranged by entry.
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"A bargain, the dictionary is a handy ready-reference source and should be particularly useful to students" Joyce Ogburn, Old Dominion University

"The Barfield work will probably be of greatest value to people in related fields or to beginning teachers of anthropology who may need a quick fix on central ideas or people." Philip K. Bock, University of New Mexico

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