HANDBOOK
OF
METHODS
IN
CULTURAL
ANTHROPOLOGY

 

by
 
H. Russell Bernard,
Department of Anthropology,
University of Florida
 

 

 
An AltaMira Press Book

 

The HANDBOOK OF METHODS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY establishes a benchmark for synthesizing anthropological research practices over the past 100 years.

Eschewing the divisive debates over science and humanism, the authors contributing to this important volume draw upon both traditions to define and describe anthropological fieldwork in practice. Authored by 28 of the leaders in the discipline, these chapters provide the reader with comprehensive, contemporary descriptions accounts of the methods that anthropologists use, the logic behind them, and the complex problems that field research with humans entails.

In addition to traditional participant observation and related strategies, the HANDBOOK examines historical methods, surveys, linguistic methods, comparative research, social intervention, and visual anthropology as ways in which anthropologists seek to understand the world. Related questions of research strategies and designs, ethics, epistemology, and presentation of anthropological results round out the volume.

This is an essential reference tool for all academic, professional and graduate-level anthropologists, and will also be of inestimable value to other social researchers who use field methods in their work.

 

CONTENTS:

PART I PERSPECTIVE

1. Introduction: On Method & Methods in Anthropology (H. Russell Bernard,

University of Florida)
2. Epistemology: The Nature and Validation of Anthropological Knowledge
(Thomas Schweizer, University of Cologne)
3. In Search of Meaningful Methods (James Fernandez, University of
Chicago & Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University)
4. Research Design & Research Strategies (Jeffrey C. Johnson, East Carolina
University)
5 Ethics (Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Rhode Island College)
6. Feminist Methods (Christine Ward Gailey, Northeastern University)
7. Transnational Research (Ulf Hannerz, University of Stockholm)
 
PART II: ACQUIRING INFORMATION
 
8. Participant-Observation (Kathleen M. DeWalt & Billie R. DeWalt, University
of Pittsburgh)
9. Direct Systematic Observation of Behavior (Allen Johnson, University of
California-Los. Angeles, & Ross Sackett, University of Memphis)
10. Person-Centered Interviewing. & Observation (Robert 1. Levy, Duke
University, & Douglas W. Hollan, University of California-Los Angeles)
11. Structured Interviewing & Questionnaire Construction (Susan C. Weller,
University of Texas, Medical Branch)
12. Discourse-Centered, Methods (Laura Graham, University of Iowa, &
Brenda Farnell, University of Illinois)
13. From Pictorializing to Visual Anthropology (Fadwa El Guindi (El
Nil Research & University of Southern California)
14. Fieldwork in the Archives: Methods & Sources in Historical
Anthropology (Caroline B. Brettell, Southern Methodist University)
 
PART 111. INTERPRETING INFORMATION
 
I5. Reasoning with Numbers (W. Penn Handwerker, University of
Connecticut & Stephen P. Borgatti, Boston College)
16. Qualitative & Quantitative Methods of Text Analysis (H. Russell Bernard,
University of Florida & Gery Ryan, University of Missouri)
17. Cross-Cultural, Research (Carol R. Ember & Melvin Ember, Human
Relations Area Files)
 
PART IV. APPLYING & PRESENTING INFORMATION
 
18. Research Methods in, Applied Anthropology (Jean J. Schensul, Inst. for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut & Robert T. Trotter, ll, Northern Arizona University)
19. Presenting Anthropology to Diverse Audiences (Conrad,Phillip Kottak, University of Michigan),
About the Authors index
 

 

750 pages / Fall 1998

Hardcover (91514): @ $89.95

 

 

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