The Craft of Social Anthropology

ISBN 13: 9781483112909

The Craft of Social Anthropology

 
9781483112909: The Craft of Social Anthropology

The Craft of Social Anthropology focuses on the methodologies, approaches, and techniques used in the study of social anthropology, as well as anthropological analysis of marriage, divorce, and religious rituals. The book first discusses intensive study of small sample communities and quantification in social anthropology, including quantification and anthropological approach, role of quantification, types of quantitative data, and data collection and processing. The manuscript then examines the frequency of divorce. Topics include divorce ratios, marriage classified by duration, divorce without mortality, and risks of divorce. The text focuses on genealogies, as well as genealogies and pedigrees, terminological and prescriptive diagrams, and illustrative genealogical diagrams. The manuscript also ponders on the extended-case method and situational analysis and data of economics in anthropological analysis. Saora rituals, shamanism, and witchcraft are also discussed. The publication is a vital reference for readers interested in social anthropology.

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A. L. Epstein (1924-1999) began his career at the department of anthropology at Manchester University and later became professor of social anthropology at the University of Sussex. Much of his fieldwork focused on the Tolai, urban Africans on the Copperbelt (the copper mining area of Zambia). His many works include Ethos and Identity (Transaction, 2006), In the Midst of Life, and Matupit: Land, Politics, and Change among the Tolai of New Britain.

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“[A] condensation of a most impressive body of achieved research and I certainly wish that such a book had been available before and during my own fieldwork. It ought to become a standard text in anthropology and should be of interest to sociologists and others.”

—W.J. Argyle, The British Journal of Sociology



“[A]n important book providing truly useful reviews of the facets covered, as well as outlining new trends.”

—Conrad C. Reining, in American Anthropologists



“[A]n important textbook for university courses.”

—Wm. A. Collins, The American Journal of Sociology

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