Beyond social wholes? Introduction to part 4

Bubandt, Nils, and Otto, Ton (2010) Beyond social wholes? Introduction to part 4. In: Otto, Ton, and Bubandt, Nils, (eds.) Experiments in Holism: theory and practice in contemporary anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK, pp. 251-261.

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Abstract

In Thomas Barfield's Dictionary of Anthropology, the entry for "holism" is laconically short. It reads, "Holism. See Functionalism" (1997: 240). Turning to functionalism, one learns that functionalism - apart from being an ethnographic methodology distinctive of anthropology," "a school of sociology," and "a philosophy of the social sciences" - is a "historical school of anthropology also known as 'British social anthropology'" (1997: 209). Holism, functionalism, and British social anthropology, one is led to understand, are synonyms. The reality is more complicated, of course.

Item ID: 15835
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3323-7
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 04:13
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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