Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology by Vered Amit

By Vered Amit

Spanning the interval from the past due 19th to the early twenty-first centuries, The Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology comprises virtually 600 individually-signed entries from a world workforce of members and gives a tremendous, and interesting evaluation of the ancient and modern succeed in of anthropological examine.

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Rather than emphasising the forms or processes of exchange, we can learn a great deal by focusing on the commodities themselves, tracing their connections and trajectories through time, or, in other words, their ‘social lives’. That work has continued to be cited internationally as a seminal contribution to the understanding of commodities in a cultural context, and was the impetus for a retrospective conference on the subject, held in the Netherlands in 1999, more than a decade after the initial publication of the volume.

D. Yale University, 1951 Fieldwork Peru, 1949–50; 1958 El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, 1950–6, 1959 Guatemala, 1950–6, 1959, 1962–9, 1984 Bolivia, Chile, 1958 Nicaragua, 1979 7 Key Publications (1970) Crucifixion by Power: Essays on Guatemalan National Social Structure, 1944– 1966, Austin: University of Texas Press. (1975) Energy and Structure: A Theory of Social Power, Austin: University of Texas Press. (1988) The Eighth Day: Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy, Austin: University of Texas Press.

In a series of publications, including The Professional Stranger (1996), Cognition and Ethnography (1974), and Speaking of Ethnography (1985), he explained to a lay audience how ethnography and socio-linguistics can be conducted both scientifically and humanistically Accordingly, these books have been useful for undergraduate and graduate students alike as textbooks. A mainstream press publication, entitled Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation (1994), serves to translate highly technical treatises on sociolinguistics into a witty discussion about language frames, speech acts, and other linguistic features.

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