Small Places, Large Issues - Fourth Edition

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

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This introduction to social and cultural anthropology has become a modern classic, revealing the rich global variation in social life and culture across the world.

Presenting a clear overview of anthropology, it focuses on central topics such as kinship, ethnicity, ritual and political systems, offering a wealth of examples that demonstrate the enormous scope of anthropology and the importance of a comparative perspective. Unlike other texts on the subject, Small Places, Large Issues incorporates the anthropology of complex modern societies. Using reviews of key works to illustrate his argument, Thomas Hylland Eriksen's lucid and accessible overview remains an established introductory text in anthropology.

This fourth edition is updated throughout and increases the emphasis on the interdependence of human worlds. It incorporates recent debates and controversies, ranging from globalisation and migration research to problems of cultural translation, and discusses the challenges of interdisciplinarity in a lucid way.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 35.56mm | 725.75g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th ed.
  • 0745336957
  • 9780745336954

Table of contents

Series Preface

Preface to the Fourth Edition

1. Anthropology: Comparison and Context

2. A Brief History of Anthropology

3. Fieldwork and Ethnography

4. The Social Person

5. Local Organisation

6. Person and Society

7. Kinship as Descent

8. Marriage and Relatedness

9. Gender and Age

10. Caste and Class

11. Politics and Power

12. Exchange and Consumption

13. Production, Nature and Technology

14. Religion and Ritual

15. Language and Cognition

16. Complexity and Change

17. Ethnicity

18. Nationalism and Minorities

19. Anthropology and the Paradoxes of Globalisation

20. Public Anthropology

Epilogue: Making Anthropology Matter


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This wonderfully lucid introduction to social and cultural anthropology readily captures students' attention. By delineating the past and present development of the discipline, Eriksen underscores continuities and challenges that inform the practice of anthropology in today's world. In presenting anthropology as a means for elucidating large issues through the analysis of small places, the book speaks eloquently to anthropology's intellectual vibrance and practical value. -- Noel Dyck, Professor of Social Anthropology, Simon Fraser University Small Places, Large Issues shows us Thomas Hylland Eriksen in his admirable triple capacity as an anthropologist: the scholar, with depth and breadth of knowledge, and with a critical sense; the statesman, negotiating with fairness between anthropological camps; and the journalist, with a sense of what is new, zooming between close-up and Big Picture, and writing clearly about it all. -- Ulf Hannerz This classic volume is quite simply the best introduction there is to social and cultural anthropology. Deeply grounded in the history of anthropological thought, it is also thoroughly up to date. More than that, it is unfailingly engaging, clear and accurate. There is no better place to go to begin to learn why anthropology has been and remains a vital discipline in the contemporary world. -- Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge Authoritative, challenging, accessible, up-to-date, this is a splendid introduction to modern social anthropology. I would press it on anyone who wants a better grasp of the diversity of human ways of living. And it is a must-read for students. -- Adam Kuper, Centennial Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics
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About Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and currently President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, Small Places, Large Issues, Tyranny of the Moment, What is Anthropology? and Fredrik Barth, all available from Pluto Press.
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