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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable resource!, 2 Feb 2003
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Rapport and Overing's "Social and cultural Anthropology: the Key Concepts" is a superb reference tool for anyone in any discipline. It has a widespread use in areas such as psychology, biology, social sciences and anthropology. It gives a clear and full definition of many of the most important concepts we use in regard to society and cultures. It gives not only a definition of a concept but also its application and outlines those associated with that concept. A must have for anyone in the social science field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not exhausting overview!, 3 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides) (Paperback)
As I am interested in the legacy of cybernetic epistemology, I was quite surprised to find a fourteen page article on cybernetics. Also the general tendency in this book was quite for me. For example quoting Gregory Bateson a lot, and having very good presentations of concepts like - "code", "ethnometodology", "classification", etc.

There are lines of thought that are usually presented in the anthropology and social science classes in an "surface manner". The material in this book makes issues more deep, clear and connected to the other subjects.

Very good additional literature indeed!

I also recommend - Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Humanity, Culture and Social Life (Routledge World Reference)

Thank You!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great one for anthropology students and those outside the discipline who want to dabble, 21 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides) (Paperback)
Really great jargon-free book which elucidates the key concepts of anthropology without falling into the trap of over simplifying.

Really easy and enjoyable to read as it is written in a kind of fluid style - I believe there might be a typo on page 265 and that the Ndembu are from Zambia rather than Tanzania but apart from that this a really wonderful book. Thank you for writing it!

I highly recommend this for students and those outside wanting to read something accessible on the topic, though its really great for anyone. I am familiar with the key concepts now but still use this book. Lots of useful resources to inspire in the bibliography.
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