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Sample Excerpts from The Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology

The 2nd edition of the highly-acclaimed Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology provides clear, concise, and provocative explanations of key anthropological themes and ideas.

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Here’s a peek at what you’ll find in the Encyclopedia.

FASHION (pg 283-284)

Fashion, once characterized as the “F word” of academia, became a topic of expanding interest in anthropology in the mid-1980s. . . Anthropologists have on the whole been less concerned with definitions of fashion than with understanding dress practices within a comparative cross-cultural and transnational framework. Some use the term fashion to refer to the distinctive system for the production, marketing, representation and wearing of clothes that emerged in the modern West, and has since extended its reach around the world with the global spread of capitalism. . . Read More


The recognition of sexual asymmetry raised the subject of male domination and female subordination and of how the position of women was to be explained. Was this something universal? Was it the result of women’s association with the domestic as opposed to the political sphere of life, their roles in reproduction and childcare, or was it connected to the symbolic construction of women and their association with the domain of the natural as opposed to the sphere of culture (Rosaldo and Lamphere 1974)? Different scholars took different positions on these questions. . . Read More

FINANCE (pg 295-298)

In this contemporary moment, it has become crucial for anthropology to engage with finance. In the past three decades, financial values and influence have helped to shape the social relations and shifts described by many social scientists as “neoliberalism,” which is characterized by the dominance of market social relations over other social relationships. For example, stock prices have largely displaced employment or productivity measures as the most important criteria in judging economic success and governing business practices in the United States and globaly. . . Read More

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  1. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer

    Written by leading scholars in the field, this comprehensive and readable resource gives anthropology students a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline. The fully revised and expanded second edition reflects major changes in anthropology in the past decade....

    Published November 23rd 2009 by Routledge