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.
The Place and Role of the Oceans in the World's History and in Anthropology
The oceans play an important role in the world's cosmologies as a space where human life began, a narrative that is supported by the biological sciences (DeLoughrey, 2007: 20). Environmental historian John Gillis wrote that ‘the shore was not the last resort of humankind but the starting point of modern Homo sapiens’ (2012: 16). Archaeological and anthropological research provides further evidence that fisher-hunter-gatherer economies were not limited to anatomically modern people, but extended at least as far back as the Neanderthals, who made extensive use of coastal environments. As much as the ocean was a provider of essential nutrition for humankind's development, it ...