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Human Relations Area Files, inc

Works: 1,824 works in 2,536 publications in 3 languages and 53,677 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Bibliography  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Maps  Dictionaries  Atlases  Ethnographic maps  Classification  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Other, Publisher, Editor
Classifications: H1, 300.5
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Laos; its people, its society, its culture by inc Human Relations Area Files( Book )

19 editions published between 1960 and 1967 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outline of cultural materials by inc Human Relations Area Files( Book )

39 editions published between 1950 and 2008 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First developed as a tool for the Cross-Cultural Survey, an organization established in 1937 by the Institute of Human Relations at Yale University, this topical outline serves as the key to the assembling and classification in the files of the basic information on a sample of the peoples of the earth. With the ultimate objective of organizing in readily accessible form the available data on a statistically representative sample of all known cultures--primitive, historical, and contemporary--for the purpose of testing cross-cultural generalizations, the outline uniformly classifies material according to seven basic criteria among 79 major divisions of cultural background information. They include: (1) patterned activity, (2) circumstance, (3) subject, (4) object, (5) means, (6) purpose, and (7) result. The actual materials, meant to be used by those concerned with human behavior in broad perspective, are available on microfilm at a number of educational institutions as well as at Yale in the original files. An index of cultural terms is provided. For a companion document see fl 002 033. (rl)
Atlas of world cultures : a geographical guide to ethnographic literature by David H Price( )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethnic groups of mainland Southeast Asia by Frank M LeBar( Book )

9 editions published between 1964 and 1988 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of world cultures( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This reference set lists and describes more than 1,500 global cultures. Based on research of social scientists, it is the source for historical, social, political, economic, linguistic, religious, and other information on virtually every existing culture. Its cross-cultural perspective meets high school curricular requirements for world studies and social sciences
Encyclopedia of diasporas : immigrant and refugee cultures around the world by Melvin Ember( )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immigration is a topic that is as important among anthropologists as it is the general public. Almost every culture has experienced adaptation and assimilation when immigrating to a new country and culture; usually leaving for what is perceived as a "better life". Not only does this diaspora change the country of adoption, but also the country of origin. Many large nations in the world have absorbed, and continue to absorb, large numbers of immigrants. The foreseeable future will see a continuation of large-scale immigration, as many countries experience civil war and secessionist pressures. Currently, there is no reference work that describes the impact upon the immigrants and the immigrant societies relevant to the world's cultures and provides an overview of important topics in the world's diasporas. The encyclopedia consists of two volumes covering three main sections: Diaspora Overviews covers over 20 ethnic groups that have experienced voluntary or forced immigration. These essays discuss the history behind the social, economic, and political reasons for leaving the original countries, and the cultures in the new places; Topics discusses the impact and assimilation that the immigrant cultures experience in their adopted cultures, including the arts they bring, the struggles they face, and some of the cities that are in the forefront of receiving immigrant cultures; Diaspora Communities include over 60 portraits of specific diaspora communities. Each portrait follows a standard outline to facilitate comparisons. The Encyclopedia of Diasporas can be used both to gain a general understanding of immigration and immigrants, and to find out about particular cultures, topics and communities. It will prove of great value to researchers and students, curriculum developers, teachers, and government officials. It brings together the disciplines of anthropology, social studies, political studies, international studies, and immigrant and immigration studies
Behavior science notes( )

in English and Undetermined and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behavior science research( )

in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of medical anthropology : health and illness in the world's cultures by Carol R Ember( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Medical practitioners and the ordinary citizen are becoming more aware that we need to understand cultural variation in medical belief and practice. The more we know how health and disease are managed in different cultures, the more we can recognize what is 'culture bound' in our own medical belief and practice. The Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology is unique because it is the first reference work to describe the cultural practices relevant to health in the world's cultures and to provide an overview of important topics in medical anthropology. No other single reference work comes close to marching the depth and breadth of information on the varying cultural background of health and illness around the world. More than 100 experts--anthropologists and other social scientists--have contributed their firsthand experience of medical cultures from around the world."--Publisher's description
Encyclopedia of prehistory( Book )

in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cross-cultural research( )

in English and No Linguistic content and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Korean and Japanese women : an analytic bibliographical guide by Hesung Chun Koh( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a selective bibliography and index of materials on Korean and Japanese women, their history, social and cultural patterns, sex roles, family and kinship patterns, and other characteristics. Designed to assist researchers in the systematic selection of information for descriptive or comparative research on Korean and Japanese women, the bibliography contains about 600 entries, including autobiographies, legal codes, books, journal articles, conference papers, and dissertations in English, Japanese, or Korean, issued between 1789 and 1979. Documents have been assigned identification numbers for convenient cross-reference, and are classified according to five main types of information: time, geographic location, unit of study, and data quality control factors (items about author background, research methodology, and nature of the data, which provide a means for evaluating materials reliability). Several indexes have been generated by combining categories from the information types. The bibliography consists of two books. Book one presents abbreviated citations by historical time periods and provides five analytical subject indexes; indexes of selected characteristics of a document's author, research design, and population under study; and author and title indexes. Book two provides complete bibliographic information and annotations for each document. (Author/MJL)
Family in transition : a study of 300 Yugoslav villages by Vera St Erlich( )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs. St. Ehrlich, a leading Yugoslav sociologist, seized the opportunity just before World War II to examine objectively the fast-vanishing style of life of Yugoslav peasants and villagers. This book, based on a widely distributed questionnaire and many interviews, provides a new picture, based on sympathetic understanding of family relationships and customs in 300 villages. The early chapters deal with the historical background of Yugoslavia and lay a groundwork for the assessment of the influence of centuries of Austrian and Ottoman domination, the brief years of independence, and the recent penetration of a money economy. Subsequent chapters explore attitudes and traditions relating to intra-family relationships. Originally published in 1966. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Jordan, Lebanon and Syria; an annotated bibliography by Raphael Patai( Book )

1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak (British Borneo) by inc Human Relations Area Files( Book )

10 editions published between 1956 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Worldwide theory testing by Raoul Naroll( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature and use of the HRAF files, a research and teaching guide by Robert O Lagacé( Book )

4 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This guide is designed to give teachers and students an understanding of the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). The HRAF Files are a collection of primary source materials on selected cultures representing all major areas of the world. In general, information on man's behavior, customs, and social institutions may be found in the Files. The guide also provides case examples of some particularly suitable uses of the files. Opening with "Study and Research Applications of the HRAF Files," examples are given of the kinds of information retrievable in a cross-cultural or area search as well as suggestions for the information of other questions and ways of approaching the material. Another section on teaching applications includes use of the Files for training in research, for individual or class projects, and for the teachers' own preparation. Sections on the use and organization of the Files discuss methods for retrieving information based on the classification and indexing of information in the files, given a particular research problem, and describe the physical format of the files. Other components of the HRAF system include an orientation film reference tools, and a computerized archive. A reference section and appendices containing research topics and explications of the system's technicalities conclude the guide. (JH)
EHRAF world cultures by inc Human Relations Area Files( )

in English and German and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A systematically organized collection of thousands of books and articles on cultures from all regions of the world; provides information on particular cultures, ethnic groups, or immigrant groups, their beliefs and superstitions, or subjects such as political structure, architecture, kinship units, or settlement patterns. The information is organized by cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text documents are subject-indexed at the paragraph level
Social indicators study of Alaskan coastal villages by Joseph G Jorgensen( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty cultures : a guide to the HRAF probability sample files( Book )

7 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Encyclopedia of diasporas : immigrant and refugee cultures around the world
Encyclopedia of diasporas : immigrant and refugee cultures around the worldEncyclopedia of medical anthropology : health and illness in the world's culturesEncyclopedia of prehistoryKorean and Japanese women : an analytic bibliographical guide
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