The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology is the first reference work in this discipline, with contributions from leading scholars all over the world. The last couple of decades mark the turning point in the direction and identity of the discipline and the articles included in this Encyclopaedia pertain to some of these major theoretical and methodological debates and emerging issues. The ethnographical material selected is global in its scope and contains data, and contributions, from all over the world, pertaining to every type of society and culture. The articles have been arranged theme wise covering all major areas like Culture, Behaviour, Religious Beliefs and Practices, Kinship, Gender, Medical Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Practising Anthropology, Ecological Anthropology, Research Methodology, Ethnicity and Identity, Sexuality and Culture, Family and Marriage etc. The Encyclopaedia presents almost all sub-themes of the discipline to include non-Western and Western, First world and Third world, Aborigines, Rural and Urban and a host of other subcultural types, including those based on caste, class, region, gender and ethnicity.
The articles included in the Encyclopaedia are as representative as possible and review all that has been happening in the field of Anthropology in the last three decades. The uniqueness of the work lies in its compilation and classification, to make such complex material available in a systematic manner. The text is profusely supplemented with tables and figures, facilitating easy reading. Each individual article has its own extended bibliography guiding the reader to further reading. The contributors to this Encyclopaedia include world renowned scholars like Raymond Firth, Francis Hsu, Mary Douglas, Robin Fox, Lawrence Babb, J.K.Doolan, Michel Verdon, Marc. J. Swartz, Frank A. Solomon, Martin K. Whyte, Andrew Strathern, David G. Mandelbaum, Melford Spiro, Laura Nader, Walter Goldschimdt, and many more. The Encyclopaedia is invaluable for Anthropologists, Sociologists, Social Anthropologists, Historians, Sociobiologists, Social Workers, Political Scientists, Planners and many other such users.
Dr. Subhadra Channa teaches at the Dept of Anthropology, Delhi University. She is the current President of the Indian Anthropological Association.
This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 07 March, 2011.