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The craft of social anthropology

A.L. Epstein, editor ; with an introduction by Max Gluckman.
  • London : Routledge, 2017.
  • 1 online resource (xxiv, 274 pages)
  • "In social anthropology, as in other branches of science, there is a close relationship between research methods and theoretical problems. Advancing theory and shifts in orientation go hand in hand with the development of techniques and mutually influence one another. If the development of modern social anthropology owes much to its established tradition of fieldwork, it is also clear that the procedures that anthropological fieldwork should follow in the laboratory can never be prescribed in absolute terms nor become wholly standardized. Yet as anthropological analysis is refined, it becomes increasingly important that students in the field be aware of the need to collect basic kinds of data, and know how to set about doing so. In this volume, anthropologists who have worked closely together for many years at the Rhodes- Livingstone Institute for Social Research, Lusaka, and/or in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, discuss within a common framework modern fieldwork methods as tools for examining a number of problems of current anthropological interest. Elizabeth Colson, J. Clyde Mitchell, and J. A. Barnes stress aspects of the role of Quantification in social anthropology and indicate a range of problems that can be illuminated by the use of Quantitative techniques. Equal importance is attached by all contributors to the collection and analysis of detailed case material, a topic explored in J. van Velsen's essay. A. L. and T. S. Epstein, V. W. Turner, and M. G. Marwick consider the kinds of data relevant to anthropological discussion in the fields of economics, law, ritual, and witchcraft, and the methods by which such material may be collected. The volume is introduced by Max Gluckman, former director of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute and former head of the department of social anthropology and sociology, University of Manchester."--Provided by publisher.
  • part PART ONE: Orientations and Techniques
  • chapter The Intensive Study of Small Sample Communities
  • chapter On Quantification in Social Anthropology
  • chapter The Frequency of Divorce
  • chapter Genealogies
  • chapter The Extended-case Method and Situational Analysis
  • part PART TWO: Selected Problems: Data and Methods
  • chapter The Data of Economics in Anthropological Analysis
  • chapter Aspects of Saora Ritual and Shamanism: An Approach to the Data of Ritual
  • chapter The Case Method in the Field of Law
  • chapter The Study of Witchcraft
  • part PART THREE
  • chapter Appendix: The Rhodes-Livingstone Institute Census Card
  • chapter References of Works Cited
  • chapter Further Select Fieldwork Bibliography
  • chapter Notes on Contributors.
Other information
  • First published 1967 by Transaction Publishers. Reprint from 2012 edition.
Additional form
  • 9781315131528
  • 9781351484312
  • Alternate version: 9780878552801
Identifying numbers
  • doi: 10.4324/9781315131528
  • OCLC: 897651150