Small Places, Large Issues - Second Edition: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropolog

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Pluto Press, Apr 20, 2001 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Ranging from the Pacific islands to the Arctic north and from small villages to modern nation states, this concise introduction to social and cultural anthropology reveals the rich global variation in social life and culture. The text also provides a clear overview of anthropology, focusing 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 previous texts on the subject, Small Places, Large Issues broadens the study to incorporate the anthropology of complex modern societies, thus providing a unique key text for all students of social and cultural anthropology. Using reviews of key monographs to illustrate his argument, Eriksen's lucid and accessible text remains an established introductory text in anthropology. This new edition is updated throughout and includes a new chapter on the history of anthropology. It also shows clearly and comprehensively, through numerous new examples, why classic studies of small-scale societies are relevant for the study of complex phenomena such as nationalism, consumption and the Internet. In this way, the book bridges an often perceived gap between "classic" and "contemporary" anthropology.

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Review: Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

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Really useful and informative book for first year undergraduate Anthropology students. This was the core reading for one of the modules in my first term but was able to apply the theory and ideas to my other modules too. Read full review

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ok, i usually don't give 4 stars for a non-fiction book, but in this case it deserves them. i had to read it for my school and i was sceptical about its size (the other anthropological books were ... Read full review


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Thomas H. Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of nearly thirty books, ranging from monographs and textbooks to polemical essays and a novel. His books in English include Ethnicity and Nationalism (1993) and Common Denominators (1998).

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