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The Internet version (www-numbers) of Anthropological Abstracts (AA) is published at irregular intervals, one to three issues per year, and tries to cover much of the material published in German. AA introduces these publications in English abstracts to provide a convenient source of information as a starting point, for scholars not familiar with the German language. It includes journals, monographs, exhibition catalogs, yearbooks, etc. Occasionally, publications in English, or French, are included as well if the publisher is less well-known and when it is likely that the publication will not be noted abroad.
For the near future, because printing costs are high and resources/subsidies scarce, AA will be communicated through the Internet only. No. www-1.1999 supersedes the printed version No. 25.1997 of the former ´Abstracts in German Anthropology´.
Starting from No. 1, the old title has been dropped, and a new one, "Anthropological Abstracts: Cultural/Social Anthropology from Austria, Germany, Switzerland"will be adopted. This has several reasons: Scientific disciplines define themselves according to their own rules, not according to territory. There is no ´French mathematics´ or ´Caucasian physics´. Although there are American, British, and other distinct lines of tradition and histories in the field of anthropology, and hence particular ´schools´, the term "German Anthropology" may be ambiguous, and hence, the title is being changed to "Anthropological Abstracts" - to be clear.
So the present project is hoped to help overcoming the barrier of language, and to enhance reception of anthropological texts published in the German language.
Presently, there is a backlog of literature to be abstracted. You will note, that in this issue, there are publications going back up to 1997. We hope to speed up abstracting to catch up with current publications.
Finally some technical instructions:
If there are papers of different languages in anthologies, e.g. in English, French, etc., besides German, the former will be marked accordingly, e.g., (E), (F). Abstracts supplied by authors are marked by ## before and after the abstract and will not be edited, i.e. styles and command of the English language may differ! Due to space limitations such abstracts may be abbreviated. Up to three editors of an anthology will be listed, added by "et al." Only those papers in journals, yearbooks, catalogs and anthologies will be abstracted that are relevant to anthropology - which is mainly applicable in the case of interdisciplinary publications. AGA generally tries to cover related subjects if they are relevant for present discourses anthropology. Thus, there may be material from history, folklore studies, linguistics, sociology, philosophy, etc., if there is an intersection with present debates in anthropology.
To indicate that there are separate abstracts for individual papers of a book there is a note preceding the Keywords line: *Abstracts of these papers appear under the names of the authors*. Keywords after each abstract serve as an "abstract of the abstract" - for quick reference.
We are grateful to, and acknowledge the cooperation of, publishers, museums and research institutions for their generally prompt deliveries of the books we request for Anthropological Abstracts.
You are welcome to contact us, comment on, and make suggestions concerning AA. We hope you may profit from this service.
Dr. Ulrich Oberdiek
Phone+Fax: Germany: 0761/70 72 344