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Other Cultures : Aims, Methods and Achievements in Social Anthropology - John H. M. Beattie

Other Cultures

Aims, Methods and Achievements in Social Anthropology

Paperback Published: 1st December 1966
ISBN: 9780415045216
Number Of Pages: 296

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Other Cultures provides a lucid introduction to social anthropology. The author devotes the first part of the book to a consideration of what social anthropology is and seeks to do, what areas it covers, and the methods of investigation employed by social anthropologists. The second part discusses the major categories of research through which social anthropologies have advanced our knowledge of other cultures. These include marriage, kinship, political organization, law, economic and property relations, magic, religion, and social change. The final chapter surveys some of the contributions social anthropology has made to the understanding of other cultures. A short reading list follows each chapter.

Prefacep. vii
Foreword to the Dutch Edition, 1975p. xi
p. 1
Introduction and Backgroundp. 3
Social Anthropology and Some Other Sciences of Manp. 16
What Social Anthropologists Study: the Need for Theoryp. 34
Explanation in Social Anthropology: Social Function and Social Structurep. 49
Beliefs and Valuesp. 65
Fieldworkp. 78
p. 91
Kinshipp. 93
Marriage and Affinityp. 117
Social Control: Political Organizationp. 139
Social Control: Law and Social Sanctionsp. 165
Short Reading Listp. 182
Economic and Property Relationsp. 183
The Field of Ritual: Magicp. 202
The Field of Ritual: Religionp. 219
Short Reading Listp. 240
Social Changep. 241
Conclusion and Assessmentp. 265
Indexp. 276
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ISBN: 9780415045216
ISBN-10: 0415045215
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st December 1966
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1