‘It is something ofa stroke ofgenius to make gift exchange the guiding threadofan introductory book ...Sykes introduces many ofthe most importantdebates that dominate anthropology today.As that rare book that accessiblyintroduces students to the discipline without talking down to them,I think thisbook will be widely used.’Joel Robbins,
University ofCalifornia,San DiegoArguing with Anthropology
is a fresh and original guide to key elements inanthropology,which teaches the ability to think,write and argue critically.Through an exploration ofthe classic ‘question ofthe gift’,which functions inanthropology as a deﬁnitive example ofthe entire human experience,it pro-vides a fascinating study course in anthropological methods,aims,knowledgeand understanding.The book’s unique approach takes gift-theory – the science ofobligationand reciprocity – as the paradigm for a virtual enquiry which explores how theanthropological discipline has evolved historically,how it is applied in practiceand how it can be argued with critically.By giving clear examples ofrealevents and dilemmas in the history ofthe discipline,and asking students toparticipate in arguments about the form and nature ofenquiry in recent years,it offers working practice ofdealing with the obstacles and choices involved inanthropological study.•From an expert teacher whose methods are tried and tested with students•Clearly addresses the functions ofanthropology,and its key theories andarguments•Effectively teaches core study skills as the extension ofa research andenquiry model oflearning•Draws on a rich variety ofPaciﬁc and global ethnography
is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester,where she teaches a popular introductory course in anthropology.She received her doctorate from Princeton University in 1995 and has con-ducted research in Melanesia since 1990.
ARGUING WITH ANTHROPOLOGY