The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology

by Richard Fardon, Oliva Harris, Trevor H J Marchand, Cris Shore, Veronica Strang, Richard A Wilson,

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  • 144626601X
  • 9781847875471
  • 9781446266014
  • 9781473971592
In two volumes, the SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology provides the definitive overview of contemporary research in the discipline. It explains the what, where, and how of current and anticipated work in Social Anthropology. With 80 authors, contributing more than 60 chapters, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date statement of research in Social Anthropology available and the essential point of departure for future projects.

The Handbook is divided into four sections:

-Part I: Interfaces examines Social Anthropology's disciplinary connections, from Art and Literature to Politics and Economics, from Linguistics to Biomedicine, from History to Media Studies.

-Part II: Places examines place, region, culture, and history, from regional, area studies to a globalized world

-Part III: Methods examines issues of method; from archives to war zones, from development projects to art objects, and from ethics to comparison

-Part IV: Futures anticipates anthropologies to come: in the Brain Sciences; in post-Development; in the Body and Health; and in new Technologies and Materialities

Edited by the leading figures in social anthropology, the Handbook includes a substantive introduction by Richard Fardon, a think piece by Jean and John Comaroff, and a concluding last word on futures by Marilyn Strathern. The authors - each at the leading edge of the discipline - contribute in-depth chapters on both the foundational ideas and the latest research.

Comprehensive and detailed, this magisterial Handbook overviews the last 25 years of the social anthropological imagination. It will speak to scholars in Social Anthropology and its many related disciplines.

  • SAGE Publications; July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446266014
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology
  • Author: Richard Fardon (ed.); Oliva Harris (ed.); Trevor H J Marchand (ed.); Cris Shore (ed.); Veronica Strang (ed.); Richard A Wilson (ed.); Mark Nuttall (ed.)
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 144626601X
  • 9781847875471
  • 9781446266014
  • 9781473971592

In The Press

This handbook valuably frames the perspectives of scholars whose commitment to empirical field research has established them as voices at once critical and authoritative, and who here tackle the discipline's compelling topical issues and anticipate its emergent. challenges
Michael Herzfeld
Harvard University


This is a must have volume for scholars and students of anthropology alike. All the contributors are significant anthropologists in their field and they guide the reader brilliantly through the particular fields of their expertise. This is a book which covers both the enormous breadth of anthropology and the challenging ways it addresses critical issues of the contemporary world.
Bruce Kapferer
University of Bergen


Cutting anthropology up into as many jig-saw pieces as possible is the counter-intuitive way the editors puzzle out a coherent and convincing picture of unity in the discipline today.
Richard G. Fox
President Emeritus, Wenner-Gren Foundation


What the editors and contributors have achieved here is considerable. By taking the pulse of 'British social anthropology,' they have illustrated how unified and simultaneously how diversified anthropology has become. It is no longer divided simply by historical or geographic tradition (British versus American) but has grown into an exciting, mature, and introspective discipline that, perhaps most importantly of all, has had profound and beneficial effects on other disciplines while being profoundly and beneficially affected by them. It is gratifying to see how much anthropology has to offer and that scholars and professionals outside anthropology have begun to welcome that offer.
Jack David Eller
Anthropology Review Database

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 144626601X
  • 9781847875471
  • 9781446266014
  • 9781473971592