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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction


John Monaghan and Peter Just

24 February 2000

ISBN: 9780192853462

176 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99


This Very Short Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 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, and then examine specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture, drawing on case studies from their own fieldwork.

  • 'A very good idea, these Very Short Introductions, a new concept from OUP' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
  • Authors draw on their own experience of anthropology, including fieldwork in Mexico and Indonesia
  • Accessible and stimulating
  • Success of the VSI series so far, and plans for expansion

About the Author(s)

John Monaghan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and Peter Just, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Table of Contents

    1. Fieldwork and Ethnography; 2. Culture; 3. Society; 4. Sex and blood; 5. Class and caste, village and city, home and the world; 6. Language and social life; 7. The culturally constructed self 8. The future of anthropology; Further reading; Index.