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An Introduction to Social Anthropology


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Introduction.- 1. Seeing the World.- 2. Disgusting, Forbidden and Unthinkable.- 3. Gifts, Exchange and Reciprocity.- 4. The Ritual Round.- 5. Society: A Set of Symbols.- 6. Beauty and Bounty, Treasure and Trophies.- 7. Cosmology I: Religion, Magic and Mythology.- 8. Cosmology II: Witchcraft, Shamanism & Syncretism.- 9. Law, Order and Social Control.- 10. The Art of Politics.- 11. Family, Kinship and Marriage.- 12. Economics and the Environment.- 13. Identities in a Connected World.- 14. Anthropology and Anthropologists

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Reviews for previous edition: 'This is an indispensable text. Hendry conveys key principles in an accessible way without ever losing sight of what it is that makes anthropology such a dynamic and exciting field.' Dr Cathrine Degnen, University of Newcastle 'A real breakthrough in every way. I was enormously impressed with the design and with the author's efforts to offer the reader enlightenment through the superb lists of books, articles, films, novels and websites. The book is an immensely enjoyable and accessible read and it has a democratic feel.' Barry Dufour, De Montfort University 'From my own experience I know this book works well with students - and indeed with anyone who is curious about what anthropology is. Hendry deals with a broad range of topics - from what it means to do fieldwork to the classical contributions that have shaped anthropological discourse; from individual symbols to larger constellations of cultural and social organization.' Professor Leif Manger, University of Bergen

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Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, senior member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK, and Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her previous books include Science and Sustainability: Learning from Indigenous Wisdom (2014), Understanding Japanese Society (4th edition, 2013) and Reclaiming Culture (2005).


"This is the book that every social anthropology student needs. Hendry guides her readers through the breadth and depth of the discipline whilst simultaneously transmitting a profound sense of why anthropology is a field to be passionate about." -Cathrine Degnen, Newcastle University, UK "This is without doubt one of the best introductory texts on social anthropology that exists. Much of the book's success lies in its lively, engaging and accessible style: Hendry has a knack of simplifying complex arguments and making anthropological ideas not only interesting but also fun." -Cris Shore, The University of Auckland, New Zealand "Joy Hendry offers the perfect introductory guide to anthropology for students as well as a curious public. This is the book I reach for first as a teacher because of its topical breadth, attention to history, and the sheer excitement it conveys about what an anthropological gaze can offer." -Tamara Kohn, University of Melbourne, Australia "With examples from around the world, a wide palette of topics, and clear explanations of key concepts and theories, this is a highly engaging and vividly rendered introduction to social and cultural anthropology for new students and general readers alike." -Willam W. Kelly, Yale University, USA "Sharing Our Worlds is a superb learning experience for anyone curious about humanity and cultural dynamics. Joy Hendry dazzles with provocative questions, compelling stories, and profound answers." -Christopher C. Fennell, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.

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