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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Peter Just and John D. Monaghan

14 March 2024

ISBN: 9780198776994

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction explores the fundamental concepts of social and cultural anthropology; its methods; and its contributions to modern thought. This new edition explores the 'cultural construction' of social categories, such as gender, as well as discussing recent work on migration, and the development of ontological anthropology.

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This Very Short Introduction explores the fundamental concepts of social and cultural anthropology; its methods; and its contributions to modern thought. This new edition explores the 'cultural construction' of social categories, such as gender, as well as discussing recent work on migration, and the development of ontological anthropology.

  • Explores contemporary directions in anthropology whilst remaining grounded in foundational classic theory
  • Considers the methods of the field, along with its contributions to modern thought
  • This new edition considers the 'cultural construction' of social categories, such as gender
  • Includes a discussion of recent work on migration and the development of ontological anthropology.
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Peter Just, Professor of Anthropology, Williams College, and John D. Monaghan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Peter Just was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught at Williams College since 1988. He has conducted field research among the Dou Donggo and Javanese in Indonesia and lobster fishermen in Maine, USA.

John D. Monaghan is Professor in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has carried out fieldwork among the Maya of Guatemala, the Mixtec of Mexico, and the Kalanguya of the Philippines.

Table of Contents

    1:Fieldwork and ethnography
    2:Culture
    3:Society
    4:Sex and blood
    5:Caste, class, tride, nation
    6:People and their things
    7:People and their gods
    8:People and their selves
    9:Into a shrinking world
    References
    Further Reading
    Index