Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, physical and biological anthropology, primate studies, and more.- Offers uniform chapter structure so students can easily locate key information, within these sections: Introduction, Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, Bibliography & Suggestions for Further Reading, and Cross References.- Available in print or electronically at SAGE Reference Online, providing students with convenient, easy access to its contents.
Magic and Science
Magic and Science
Religious and magical practices in primitive cultures were the focus of research among the first anthropologists in the 19th century. The attempt to distinguish religion from magic and define each sharply has continued to be a significant topic in anthropology. In more recent years, anthropologists have broadened their studies to include the practice of science along with the many other facets of human beliefs and endeavors. Cultural anthropology is one of the four fields of anthropological study, the others being archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. All such research takes into consideration the context of the particular culture within which the study is focused, and accumulated records offer growing opportunities for the comparison and contrast of beliefs, rituals, and behaviors ...