The Dictionary of Anthropology

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Thomas Barfield, Thomas Jefferson Barfield
Wiley, 1997 - Social Science - 626 pages
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The Dictionary of Anthropology is designed to open this exciting discipline to a wide audience and serve as a standard reference guide to the field of social and cultural anthropology. The Dictionary's core consists of substantial analytical articles focusing on key anthropological concepts, theories, and methodologies. Drawing on contributions from some 125 distinguished anthropologists, it provides both state-of-the-art critiques of current issues in anthropology and key summary assessments of the discipline's most important historical contributions to general knowledge. Through its examination of the field's significant ethnographic and thematic research, the Dictionary also provides the reader with clear, concise statements of central issues without privileging any particular theoretical approach.

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Edited by Barfield (chair, anthropology, Boston Univ.), who called on some 125 anthropologists to provide both historical and contemporary definitions of anthropological terms, this dictionary is yet ... Read full review

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Thomas Barfield is Professor and Chairman of the Anthropology Department at Boston University. He is the author of The Central Asian Arabs of Afganistan, The Perilous Frontier, and The Nomadic Alternative, as well as co-editor of Afghanistan: an Atlas of Indigenous Domestic Architecture.

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