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The titles which appear below are a selection of both print and online material. You can also use the tabs on the side to see Dictionaries, Handbooks and Encyclopaedias on Anthropology. The online reference sources are all frequently updated, searchable, and contain substantial entries written by experts.
A Companion to Moral Anthropology is the first collective consideration of the anthropological dimensions of morals, morality, and ethics. Original essays by international experts explore the various currents, approaches, and issues in this important new discipline, examining topics such as the ethnography of moralities, the study of moral subjectivities, and the exploration of moral economies.
A Companion to Medical Anthropology examines the key issues and controversies in medical anthropology today. The authors present a thorough assessment of a specific area of medical anthropology, including expert overviews of major topics such as environmental health, global health, biotechnology, syndemics, nutrition, substance abuse, infectious disease, and sexuality and reproductive health.
This new companion traces the development of cognitive anthropology from its beginnings in the late 1950s to the present, and evaluates future directions of research in the field. In twenty-nine articles from leading anthropologists, there is an overview of cognitive and cultural structures, insights into how cognition works in everyday life and interacts with culture, and examples of contemporary research. The companion is essential for anyone interested in the questions of how culture shapes cognitive processes.
A Companion to Biological Anthropology provides an extensive overview of the rapidly growing field of biological anthropology. Chapters are written by leading authorities who have themselves played a major role in shaping the direction and scope of the discipline. Each contribution provides comprehensive discussions of current issues, as well as of controversies and future directions within the field.
A Companion to the Anthropology of Education presents a comprehensive overview of the field of anthropology of education. Leading educational anthropologists examine everyday educational processes in culturally diverse settings, and the impacts on those processes of history, language policies, geographically specific problems and solutions, governmental mandates, literacy, inequality, multiculturalism, and more.