This companion provides an indispensable overview of contemporary and classical issues in social and cultural anthropology. Although anthropology has expanded greatly over time in terms of the diversity of topics in which its practitioners engage, many of the broad themes and topics at the heart of anthropological thought remain perennially vital, such as understanding order and change, diversity and continuity, and conflict and co-operation in the reproduction of social life. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, the contributors to this volume provide us with thoughtful and fruitful ways of thinking about a number of contemporary and long-standing arenas of work where both established and more recent researchers are engaged. The companion begins by exploring classic topics such as Religion; Rituals; Language and Culture; Violence; and Gender. This is followed by a focus on current developments within the discipline including Human Rights; Globalization; and Diasporas and Cosmopolitanism. It provides an interesting and challenging look at the state of current thinking in anthropology, serving as a rich resource for scholars and students alike.
Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) and Andrew J. Strathern are a wife-and-husband research team who are based in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, and direct the Cromie Burn Research Unit. They are frequently invited international lecturers and have worked with numbers of museums to assist them with their collections. Stewart and Strathern have published over 46 books and over 200 articles, book chapters, and essays on their research in the Pacific; Asia (especially Japan, Taiwan, and China), Europe; and also New Zealand and Australia. Their most recent co-authored books include Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip; Kinship in Action: Self and Group; Peace-Making and the Imagination: Papua New Guinea Perspectives; Ritual: Key Concepts in Religion and Working in the Field: Anthropological Experiences Across the World. Their recent co-edited books include Exchange and Sacrifice and Religious and Ritual Change: Cosmologies and Histories Stewart and Strathern's current research includes the topics of Cosmological Landscapes; Ritual Studies; Political Peace-making; Comparative Anthropological Studies of Disasters and Climatic Change; Language, Culture and Cognitive Science; and Scottish and Irish Studies. For many years they served as Associate Editor and General Editor (respectively) for the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania book series and as Co-Series Editors for the Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific book series. They currently co-edit three book series: Ritual Studies; Medical Anthropology; and European Anthropology and they are the long-standing Co-Editors of the Journal of Ritual Studies. Another current scholarly interest they have that feeds into a series of articles and essays that they are writing, is the topic of open and concealed forms of discrimination in academia, especially the neglected but important issue of Ageism and its corrosive and anti-intellectual impacts.