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By Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Ranging from the Pacific islands to the Arctic north and from small villages to fashionable country states, this concise advent to social and cultural anthropology finds the wealthy worldwide edition in social existence and tradition. The textual content additionally offers a transparent review of anthropology, targeting valuable themes akin to kinship, ethnicity, ritual and political platforms, providing a wealth of examples that display the big scope of anthropology and the significance of a comparative viewpoint. not like earlier texts at the topic, Small locations, huge matters broadens the research to include the anthropology of advanced smooth societies, therefore supplying a different key textual content for all scholars of social and cultural anthropology. utilizing reports of key monographs to demonstrate his argument, Eriksen's lucid and available textual content continues to be a longtime introductory textual content in anthropology. This re-creation is up to date all through and encompasses a new bankruptcy at the background of anthropology. It additionally exhibits in actual fact and comprehensively, via various new examples, why vintage experiences of small-scale societies are appropriate for the research of advanced phenomena reminiscent of nationalism, intake and the net. during this approach, the publication bridges a frequently perceived hole among "classic" and "contemporary" anthropology.

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Her studies deal chiefly with the role of women and gender relations, and they engage in a critical dialogue with earlier work in the area (see Chapters 9 and 12). In addition, social theory is now being produced from within many of the societies studied by anthropologists. Sociology, anthropology and other theoretically informed texts are being written by the grandchildren of Radcliffe-Brown’s and Kroeber’s informants. This implies that today’s anthropologist may engage in a dialogue with the society explored to a much greater extent than her predecessors did.

Highcaste Hindus are not supposed to eat meat at all; rule-abiding Jews and Muslims do not eat pork; many Europeans refuse to eat horse meat, and so on. It is also a biological fact that hair grows on our heads, but our ways of relating to this fact are socially and culturally shaped. Whether we let it grow, cut it, shave it, dye it, curl it, straighten it, wash it or comb it depends on the social conventions considered valid in our society. In order for humans to exist at all, they depend on a number of shared social conventions or implicit rules for behaviour.

We should nevertheless keep in mind that this knowledge is not being produced in an ivory tower inhabited by pure vocational spirit; that fallible human beings of flesh and blood are responsible for the advancement of analysis; and that our modes of analysis, claiming universal applicability, should occasionally be applied to ourselves as well as to ‘the Others’. The population explosion which has taken place among anthropologists since the 1960s, perhaps especially evident in anthropological publishing, has made it difficult for any single individual to follow every development within the subject.

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