This second edition of the highly-acclaimed Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology provides a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline. Combining anthropological theory and ethnography, it includes 275 substantial entries, over 300 short biographies of important figures in anthropology, and nearly 600 glossary items. Students and scholars alike find it an essential volume for the study of anthropology. The new entries reflect major changes in anthropology in the past decade: subdisciplines like medical anthropology have become more central to mainstream work in the discipline; recent work around issues of gender and sexuality, and anthropology's new ethnographic engagement with the central institutions of modernity like finance and science. Anthropology is now an unequivocally global discipline, so the second edition explores other traditions of anthropological work (Japanese anthropology, Latin American anthropology) as well as the processes of globalization itself. Authoritative entries have been commissioned from among the world's leading anthropologists.
Alphabetically organized, the main entries contain clear, concise and provocative explanations of key anthropological themes and ideas, as well as surveys of the most important ethnographic regions and regional traditions of ethnographic research. Each major entry contains cross-references and a list of further reading. Areas covered include, among others: AIDS, ethics, violence, war Affect, emotions, the body Kinship, relatedness, the person, gender, the body Politics, nationalism and the state Cosmopolitanism, migration, race, transnationalism Art, language, aesthetics, film, text Relations with other disciplines History of anthropology and national traditions
Alan Barnard is Professor of the Anthropology of Southern Africa, University of Edinburgh. He has done fieldwork in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. His books include Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa (1992), History and Theory in Anthropology (2000), and Anthropology and the Bushman (2007). Jonathan Spencer is Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia at the University of Edinburgh. His most recent book is Anthropology, Politics and the State: Democracy and Political Violence in South Asia. (2007).