The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is the first instalment of The SAGE Handbook of the Social Sciences series and encompasses major specialities as well as key interdisciplinary themes relevant to the field. Globally, societies are facing major upheaval and change, and the social sciences are fundamental to the analysis of these issues, as well as the development of strategies for addressing them. This handbook provides a rich overview of the discipline and has a future focus whilst using international theories and examples throughout. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Anthropology is an essential resource for social scientists globally and contains a rich body of chapters on all major topics relevant to the field, whilst also presenting a possible road map for the future of the field. Part 1: Foundations; Part 2: Focal Areas; Part 3: Urgent Issues; and Part 4: Short Essays: Contemporary Critical Dynamics.

Anthropological Theories I: Structure and Agency

Anthropological Theories I: Structure and Agency

Why Structure and Agency?

The questions of structure and agency are central to all social sciences. They include questions and debates about stability and change, universality and particularity, habit and creativity, routine action, and deliberation. While anthropology is not the only social science preoccupied with these questions, debates around these questions cannot bypass anthropology's critical contributions, particularly the subfields of cultural and linguistic anthropology. The anthropological scholarship has played a vital role in shaping trans-disciplinary debates on structure and agency while absorbing influences and developments elsewhere in the humanities and social sciences.

The idea of the structure has appeared in various guises, such as seeing society as a system, viewing society as a reflection of certain cognitive categories of distinction, ...

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