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Encyclopedia of Anthropology

Encyclopedia of Anthropology

Five Volume Set
  • H. James Birx - Canisius College and State University of New York at Geneseo

© 2006 | 3 128 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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"This monumental encyclopedia makes an astonishing contribution to our understanding of human evolution, human culture, and human reality through an inclusive global lens."  
- From the Foreword, Biruté Mary F. Galdikas, Camp Leakey, Borneo, Indonesia 

This five-volume Encyclopedia of Anthropology is a unique collection of over 1,000 entries that focuses on topics in physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Also included are relevant articles on geology, paleontology, biology, evolution, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. The contributions are authored by 300 internationally renowned experts, professors, and scholars from some of the most distinguished universities, institutes, and museums in the world. Special attention is given to hominid evolution, primate behavior, genetics, ancient civilizations, cross-cultural studies, social theories, and the value of human language for symbolic communication.

This groundbreaking Encyclopedia is a must-have reference work for libraries with collections in anthropology, as well as the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It will provide students, educators, and a wide array of interested readers with a greater understanding of and deeper appreciation for those facts, concepts, methods, hypotheses, and perspectives that make up modern anthropology and related disciplines.

"Thorough coverage is given to a wide range of topics in physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and applied anthropology. More than 250 respected anthropologists and scholars have contributed over 1000 A-to-Z articles… Color photographs accompany many of the articles and lend the encyclopedia a pleasing appearance. The signed entries are written in accessible, nonscholarly language, which makes the work suitable for undergraduate students and informed lay readers alike… This balanced and user-friendly resource will be a good starting point for basic anthropological research. Highly recommended for academic libraries with anthropology collections and large public libraries where there is interest in anthropology."


"The Encyclopedia of Anthropology is a magnificent achievement.  It's intelligent, it doesn't shrink from the tough issues, it's very user-friendly and beautifully produced."

Bill Cooke
Editor-in-Chief of the Open Society
The Open Society

SAGE Reference delivers a unique five-volume set with its recent publication of the Encyclopedia of Anthropology. With over 1000 entries written by more than 250 authors, it is the first encyclopedic work that attempts to represent and integrate the various and diverse areas of physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural/social anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. This is a tall order but this set does an admirable job. . . . Both academic libraries supporting anthropology courses and public libraries needing a reference treating this diverse field should give it strong consideration.

Against the Grain
Against the Grain

"No general, multivolume encyclopedia has offered a broad overview of the subject. . . . there has been nothing quite like this new Encyclopedia of Anthropology from SAGE. . . . The volumes are beautiful and a pleasure to use and read. . . . The volumes have all the features one has come to expect from a high-end encyclopedia: a list of contributors, a list of entries in alphabetical order and another list of entries in thematic groupings, cross-references and suggested additional reading, and a master bibliography. . . . This source has no peer or competition that can be readily found. All academic and large public libraries with an interest in anthropology should buy it."


"The full-color illustrations are appealing to students, and important aids include the repetition of the reader's guide and index in every volume. This outstanding resource is an essential purchase for academic and large public libraries."

John Lawrence
Key features

5 Volumes

100% original content

Over 250 contributors

High-Profile authors

Over 600 signed entries

5 "anchor" essays

Entry further readings


1.5 Million Words

Over 150 Illustrations

Sidebars and photos

Interdisciplinary coverage


Master bibliography





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ISBN: 9780761930297

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