The Craft of Social Anthropology

The Craft of Social Anthropology

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Editor: A. L. Epstein
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145327

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The Craft of Social Anthropology focuses on the methodologies, approaches, and techniques used in the study of social anthropology, as well as anthropological analysis of marriage, divorce, and religious rituals. The book first discusses intensive study of small sample communities and quantification in social anthropology, including quantification and anthropological approach, role of quantification, types of quantitative data, and data collection and processing. The manuscript then examines the frequency of divorce. Topics include divorce ratios, marriage classified by duration, divorce without mortality, and risks of divorce. The text focuses on genealogies, as well as genealogies and pedigrees, terminological and prescriptive diagrams, and illustrative genealogical diagrams. The manuscript also ponders on the extended-case method and situational analysis and data of economics in anthropological analysis. Saora rituals, shamanism, and witchcraft are also discussed. The publication is a vital reference for readers interested in social anthropology.

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Indian Edition

    Editor's Preface


    Part One Orientations and Techniques

    The Intensive Study of Small Sample Communities

    On Quantification in Social Anthropology

    The Frequency of Divorce


    The Extended-case Method and Situational Analysis

    Part Two Selected Problems: Data and Methods

    The Data of Economics in Anthropological Analysis

    Aspects of Saora Ritual and Shamanism: An Approach to the Data of Ritual

    The Case Method in the Field of Law

    The Study of Witchcraft

    Part Three

    Appendix The Rhodes-Livingstone Institute Census Card

    References of Works Cited

    Further Select Fieldwork Bibliography

    Notes on Contributors


Product details

  • No. of pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483145327

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A. L. Epstein

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