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Other Cultures: Aims, Methods and Achievements in Social Anthropology

John Beattie

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ISBN 10: 0415045215 / ISBN 13: 9780415045216
Published by Ane Books Pvt. Ltd/Routledge, 2004
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A detailed and sympathetic understanding of the contemporary social and cultural institutions of other peoples has never been more needed than it is today. The comparatively new science of social anthropology claims to contribute modestly but significantly to this understanding. Although the subject has grown up mostly in the study of relatively small-scale communities lacking advanced technologies and written histories, its findings can contribute also to the understanding of more complex cultures, and its methods are being increasingly applied in the investigation of modern communities. In the first part of this book John Beattie considers what kind of study social anthropology is, what social anthropologists ask, and the ways in which they go about obtaining answers. In the second part he discusses the more important fields in which social anthropologists have advanced our knowledge of other culture. These fields include kinship and marriage, the maintaining of social order, economic relations, and magical and religious institution. The important theme of social change is also examined. In the final chapter the uses that have been and can be made of social anthropology are discussed. TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE FOREWORD TO THE DUTCH EDITION (1975) PART ONE 1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 2. SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOME OTHER SCIENCES OF MAN 3. WHAT SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS STUDY: THE NEED FOR THEORY 4. EXPLANATION IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY: SOCIAL FUNCTION AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE 5. BELIEFS AND VALUES 6. FIELDWORK PART TWO 7. KINSHIP 8. MARRIAGE AND AFFINITY 9. SOCIAL CONTROL: POLITICAL ORGANISATION 10. SOCIAL CONTROL: LAW AND SOCIAL SANCTIONS 11. ECONOMIC AND PROPERTY RELATIONS 12. THE FIELD OF RITUAL : MAGIC 13. THE FIELD OF RITUAL : RELIGION 14. SOCIAL CHANGE 15. CONCLUSION AND ASSESSMENT INDEX Printed Pages: 283. Bookseller Inventory # 45300

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Title: Other Cultures: Aims, Methods and ...

Publisher: Ane Books Pvt. Ltd/Routledge

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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Other Cultures provides a lucid introduction to social anthropology. The author devotes the first part of the book to a consideration of what social anthropology is and seeks to do, what areas it covers, and the methods of investigation employed by social anthropologists. The second part discusses the major categories of research through which social anthropologies have advanced our knowledge of other cultures. These include marriage, kinship, political organization, law, economic and property relations, magic, religion, and social change. The final chapter surveys some of the contributions social anthropology has made to the understanding of other cultures. A short reading list follows each chapter.

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"Other Cultures" provides a lucid introduction to the relatively new field of social anthropology. The author devotes the first part of the book to a consideration of what social anthropology is and seeks to do, what areas it covers, and the methods of investigation employed by social anthropologists.

The second part discusses the major categories of research through which social anthropologies have advanced our knowledge of other cultures. These include marriage, kinship, political organization, law, economic and property relations, magic, religion, and social change. The final chapter surveys some of the contributions social anthropology has made to the understanding of other cultures. A short reading list follows each chapter.

"Other Cultures" will be valuable as a text or as supplementary reading for introductory courses in Anthropology, especially Social and Cultural Anthropology.

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