Small Places, Large Issues

Small Places, Large Issues : An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

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An introductory text on social and cultural anthopology, this book covers such topics as: social control and socialization; the spread of capitalism; ethnicity; the global culture; and the societal character of humans.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Norwegian
  • b&w photographs, bibliography, indexes
  • 0745309518
  • 9780745309514

Table of contents

Part 1 Social anthropology: comparison and context; the origins of social anthropology. Part 2 The course of inquiry: why we believe we know something; field work; interpretation and analysis; anthropology as politics. Part 3 The social person: the societal character of humans; social statuses and relationships; roles. Part 4 Social organization: social control and socialization; the household; the village. Part 5 Individual and society: social organization and systems; society and individuals; structures and processes. Part 6 Why is kinship important: kinship as society; forms of kin reckoning. Part 7 Marriage and kinship: exchange of women; descent and alliance; some further reflections on kinship. Part 8 Social differentiation - gender and age. Part 9 Social differentiation - caste and class. Part 10 Politics without a state: what is politics?; integration and conflict in kinship societies; political dynamics and change; politics as strategic action. Part 11 Economy and society: reciprocity and gift economies; economics and morality - economic spheres; economic systems; economy and power. Part 12 Nature and society: interrelationships between social and ecological factors; technology ecology and social organization. Part 13 Religion and ritual: the supernatural; ritual, religion in practice; some perspectives on morality. Part 14 Modes of thought: the social construction of knowledge - classifications. Part 15 Social and cultural change: the spread of capitalism; encounters between cultures; anthropology on its way home. Part 16 Ethnicity: relationships between groups; identity and organization. Part 17 Nationalism and minorities: nationalism; minorities and the state. Part 18 The local and the global: towards a global culture; differences and similarities.show more

About Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, Small Places, Large Issues, Tyranny of the Moment and Globalisation, all available from Pluto Press.show more

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