This introduction to social and cultural anthropology has become a modern classic, revealing the rich global variation in social life and culture across the world.
Presenting a clear overview of anthropology, it focuses 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 other texts on the subject, Small Places, Large Issues incorporates the anthropology of complex modern societies. Using reviews of key works to illustrate his argument, Thomas Hylland Eriksen's lucid and accessible overview remains an established introductory text in anthropology.
This fourth edition is updated throughout and increases the emphasis on the interdependence of human worlds. It incorporates recent debates and controversies, ranging from globalisation and migration research to problems of cultural translation, and discusses the challenges of interdisciplinarity in a lucid way.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and former President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. He is the author of numerous classics of anthropology, including Small Places, Large Issues - 4th Edition (Pluto, 2015) and What is Anthropology? - 2nd Edition (Pluto, 2017).
Series Preface Preface to the Fourth Edition 1. Anthropology: Comparison and Context 2. A Brief History of Anthropology 3. Fieldwork and Ethnography 4. The Social Person 5. Local Organisation 6. Person and Society 7. Kinship as Descent 8. Marriage and Relatedness 9. Gender and Age 10. Caste and Class 11. Politics and Power 12. Exchange and Consumption 13. Production, Nature and Technology 14. Religion and Ritual 15. Language and Cognition 16. Complexity and Change 17. Ethnicity 18. Nationalism and Minorities 19. Anthropology and the Paradoxes of Globalisation 20. Public Anthropology Epilogue: Making Anthropology Matter Bibliography Index