Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Edited by Dr Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer
Routledge – 2002 – 688 pages
This is the only encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology to cover fully the many important areas of overlap between anthropology and related disciplines. This work also covers key terms, ideas and people, thus eliminating the need to refer to other books for specific definitions or biographies.
Special features include:
* over 230 substantial entries on every major idea, individual and sub-discipline of social and cultural anthropology
* over 100 international contributors
* a glossary of more than 600 key terms and ideas.
'This is one of those few privileged works that may actually redefine a field. Situating current debates in the context of the historical development of anthropology … it charts a contemporary discourse that is vibrant, sophisticated and unexpectedly coherent. This is what post postmodernist anthropology looks like.' - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
'An intelligent, informative and entertaining addition to the deplorably small number of reference works in the field.' - Choice
Alan Barnard studied at George Washington, McMaster and London Universities and is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He has done extensive fieldwork and is author of Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Research Practices in the Study of Kinship (with Anthony Good, Academic Press, 1984), and numerous articles on hunter-gatherers, kinship and the history of anthropology.
Jonathan Spencer studied anthropology at the Universities of Edinburgh, Chicago and Oxford and is now Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. He has carried out extensive research in Sri Lanka and is the author of A Sinhala Village in a Time of Trouble (Oxford University Press, 1990) and many articles on politics, nationalism and religion.