Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia

Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia

By: Richard L. Warms (editor), R. Jon McGee (editor)Hardback

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Social and cultural anthropology and archaeology are rich subjects with deep connections in the social and physical sciences. Over the past 150 years, the subject matter and different theoretical perspectives have expanded so greatly that no single individual can command all of it. Consequently, both advanced students and professionals may be confronted with theoretical positions and names of theorists with whom they are only partially familiar, if they have heard of them at all. Students, in particular, are likely to turn to the web to find quick background information on theorists and theories. However, most web-based information is inaccurate and/or lacks depth. Students and professionals need a source to provide a quick overview of a particular theory and theorist with just the basics-the "who, what, where, how, and why". In response, SAGE Reference is publishing the two-volume Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. Features & Benefits: Two volumes containing approximately 335 signed entries provide users with the most authoritative and thorough reference resource available on anthropology theory, both in terms of breadth and depth of coverage. To ease navigation between and among related entries, a Reader's Guide groups entries thematically and each entry is followed by Cross-References. In the electronic version, the Reader's Guide combines with the Cross-References and a detailed Index to provide robust search-and-browse capabilities. An appendix with a Chronology of Anthropology Theory allows students to easily chart directions and trends in thought and theory from early times to the present. Suggestions for Further Reading at the end of each entry and a Master Bibliography at the end guide readers to sources for more detailed research and discussion.

About Author

R. Jon McGee received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1983. He is currently Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University, where he has taught since 1985. His research has focused generally on anthropological theory, field research methods, and the anthropology of culture and religion. More specifically, he has conducted extensive studies on Maya religion, language, and culture. He leads an annual study abroad program in Canterbury, England. Among the many books he's written or edited are Watching Lacandon Maya Lives (Allyn & Bacon, 2001) and Life, Ritual and Religion Among the Lacandon Maya (Wadsworth, 1989). With Richard Warms and James Garber, he authored Sacred Realms: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2008) and, with Warms, coauthored Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History, Fifth Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2011). Richard L. Warms received his PhD from Syracuse University in 1987 and is currently Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University, where he has taught since 1988. His research has focused on the history of anthropological theory, on commerce, religion, and ethnic identity in West Africa, and on African veterans of French colonial armed forces. With Jon McGee, he is coauthor of Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History (McGraw-Hill), now in its fifth edition; and with McGee and James Garber, of Sacred Realms: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion, now in its second edition (Oxford University Press). With Serena Nanda, he has coauthored the best-selling textbooks Cultural Anthropology, now in its eleventh edition, and Culture Counts, now in its third edition (Cengage Learning).

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412999632
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1056
  • ID: 9781412999632
  • weight: 3000
  • ISBN10: 1412999634

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