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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.
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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.

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