Comparison In Anthropology

Author: Matei Candea
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108474608
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Presents a systematic rethinking of the power and limits of comparison in anthropology.

Description And Comparison In Cultural Anthropology

Author: Ward H. Goodenough
Editor: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521237406
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How are different cultures to be described and compared? This book provides a clear and concise discussion of the theoretical issues involved in ethnographic description and comparative study. Taking up the classic problems in the study of of social organisation, Professor Goodenough describes the major issues in the cross-cultural study of kinship and the family, revealing the kinds of constants, both formal and functional, on which such study must be based. The result is new definitions of marriage, family and parenthood for use in cross-cultural analysis and a greater understanding of this form of analysis itself. The statement on the interdependence of description and comparison in cultural anthropology and its implications for a science of culture, provides fresh insights into cross-cultural analysis for both the theoretical and the practical anthropologist.

Anthropology By Comparison

Author: André Gingrich
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415260541
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An international group of anthropologists take a fresh look at various neglected approaches to comparison and present new approaches that are relevant to the globalized world of the twenty first century

Comparing Cultures

Author: Michael Schnegg
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108487289
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Shows how comparative ethnographic methods can be successfully used to study important human concerns in anthropology.

The Comparative Approach In Evolutionary Anthropology And Biology

Author: Charles L. Nunn
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226090000
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Comparison is fundamental to evolutionary anthropology. When scientists study chimpanzee cognition, for example, they compare chimp performance on cognitive tasks to the performance of human children on the same tasks. And when new fossils are found, such as those of the tiny humans of Flores, scientists compare these remains to other fossils and contemporary humans. Comparison provides a way to draw general inferences about the evolution of traits and therefore has long been the cornerstone of efforts to understand biological and cultural diversity. Individual studies of fossilized remains, living species, or human populations are the essential units of analysis in a comparative study; bringing these elements into a broader comparative framework allows the puzzle pieces to fall into place, creating a means of testing adaptive hypotheses and generating new ones. With this book, Charles L. Nunn intends to ensure that evolutionary anthropologists and organismal biologists have the tools to realize the potential of comparative research. Nunn provides a wide-ranging investigation of the comparative foundations of evolutionary anthropology in past and present research, including studies of animal behavior, biodiversity, linguistic evolution, allometry, and cross-cultural variation. He also points the way to the future, exploring the new phylogeny-based comparative approaches and offering a how-to manual for scientists who wish to incorporate these new methods into their research.

Description And Comparison In Cultural Anthropology By Ward H Goodenough

Author: Ward Hunt Goodenough
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Modes Of Comparison

Author: Aram A. Yengoyan
Editor: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472069187
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"In Modes of Comparison: Theory and Practice, the contributors highlight how theoretical problems have brought forth new ideas on comparison and how comparison has become pivotal in the human sciences. Each of the essays questions a number of critical and contemporary issues in history, sociology, and anthropology as they relate to various ideas of comparison."--BOOK JACKET.

Outlines Of Lectures On The Neurological System Of Anthropology As Discovered By J R Buchanan

Author: Joseph Rodes BUCHANAN
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Partial Connections

Author: Marilyn Strathern
Editor: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759114935
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Updated with a new Preface, this seminal work challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials. Marilyn Strathern focuses on a problem normally regarded as commonplace; that of scale and proportion. She combines a wide-ranging interest in current theoretical issues with close attention to the cultural details of social life, attempting to establish proportionality between them. Strathern gives equal weight to two areas of contemporary debate: The difficulties inherent in anthropologically representing complex societies, and the future of cross-cultural comparison in a field where 'too much' seems known. The ethnographic focus of this book emphasizes the context through which Melanesianists have managed the complexity of their own accounts, while at the same time unfolding a commentary on perception and the mixing of indigenous forms. Revealing unexpected replications in modes of thought and in the presentation of ambiguous images, Strathern has fashioned a unique contribution to the anthropological corpus. This book was originally published under the sponsorship of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.

Anthropological Quarterly

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Main Trends In Social And Cultural Anthropology

Author: Maurice Freedman
Editor: New York : Holmes & Meier
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Anthropology Of China The China As Ethnographic And Theoretical Critique

Author: Stephan Feuchtwang
Editor: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN: 1783269855
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Putting China into the context of general anthropology offers novel insights into its history, culture and society. Studies in the anthropology of China need to look outwards, to other anthropological areas, while at the same time, anthropologists specialised elsewhere cannot afford to ignore contributions from China. This book introduces a number of key themes and in each case describes how the anthropology and ethnography of China relates to the surrounding theories and issues. The themes chosen include the anthropology of intimacy, of morality, of food and of feasting, as well as the anthropology of civilisation, modernity and the state.The Anthropology of China covers both long historical perspectives and ethnographies of the twenty-first century. For the first time, ethnographic perspectives on China are contextualised in comparison with general anthropological debates. Readers are invited to engage in and rethink China's place within the wider world, making it perfect for professional researchers and teachers of anthropology and Chinese history and society, and for advanced undergraduate and graduate study.

The Anthropological Review

Author: Anthropological Society of London
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The Gender Of The Gift

Author: Marilyn Strathern
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520072022
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In the most original and ambitious synthesis yet undertaken in Melanesian scholarship, Marilyn Strathern argues that gender relations have been a particular casualty of unexamined assumptions held by Western anthropologists and feminist scholars alike. The book treats with equal seriousness—and with equal good humor—the insights of Western social science, feminist politics, and ethnographic reporting, in order to rethink the representation of Melanesian social and cultural life. This makes The Gender of the Gift one of the most sustained critiques of cross-cultural comparison that anthropology has seen, and one of its most spirited vindications.

Thick Comparison

Author: Dr. Thomas Scheffer
Editor: BRILL
ISBN: 900418113X
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"We have come a long way from Evans-Pritchard's famous dictum that "there is only one method in social anthropology, the comparative method - and that is impossible." Yet a good 40 years later, qualitative social inquiry still has an uneasy relationship with comparison. This volume sets out "thick comparison" as a means to revive "comparing" as a productive process in ethnographic work: a process that helps to revitalise the articulation work inherent in analytical ethnographies; to vary observer perspectives and point towards "blind spots;" to name and create "new things" and modes of empirical work and to give way to intensified dialogues between data analysis and theorizing. Contributors are Katrin Amelang, Stefan Beck, Kati Hannken-Illjes, Alexander Kozin, Henriette Langstrup, Jèorg Niewèohner, Thomas Scheffer, Robert Schmidt, Estrid S²rensen, and Britt Ross Winthereik."--Publisher's website.

Critical Comparisons In Politics And Culture

Author: John Richard Bowen
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521653794
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Debating the problem of comparison in politics and culture, this work takes up a variety of topics from nationalist violence and labour strikes to ritual forms and religious practices. The contributors criticise conventional forms of comparative method, and introduce new comparative strategies.

Studies In Indian Anthropology

Author: Promode Kumar Misra
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Contributed articles; festschrift in honor of Gopåala âSaraòna, professor of Anthropology from India.

Social Anthropology

Author: Shambhu Lal Doshi
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In the Indian context.

Assessing Cultural Anthropology

Author: Robert Borofsky
Editor: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
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Assesses current theories and approaches in anthropology and envisages future directions of the discipline. Contributors include: Clifford Geertz, Roy Rappaport and Eric Wolf. Contemporary theory is emphasized in the text.

People Of The Mediterranean

Author: J. Davis
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317400526
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The Mediterranean countries have long attracted the attention of social anthropologists, from Frazer and Durkheim to the present day. In this volume, first published in 1977, Dr Davis reviews the extensive anthropological material collected and published by people who have worked in the area and claims that social anthropologists have a distinctive opportunity to compare similar kinds of institution and process in a variety of contexts – political, economic, bureaucratic, religious. He examines countries, tribes and communities stretching from Spain all the way round the Mediterranean and back along the coast of North Africa. In chapters on economics, stratification, politics, family and kinship, he has found it possible and sensible to set Albanian and Berber tribesmen beside each other, and to discuss Italian and Lebanese peasants in the same paragraph. The result is both a survey of the anthropological material and an essay in comparison, founded on a critique of the work of his predecessors and colleagues. The last chapter is an account of the uses anthropologists have made of the historical sources available to them.