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The Internet version (www-numbers) of Anthropological Abstracts (AA) is published about once year and tries to cover most of the material published in German language, i.e. in the German-speaking countries. AA introduces these publications in the form of English abstracts to provide a convenient source of information for scholars not familiar with the German language. It includes predominantly monographs, exhibition catalogs, yearbooks, and some journal articles, published in German. More abstracts of journal articles are published in the print version (see below). 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.
There is a printed and more voluminous version of Anthropological Abstracts also, published by LIT Verlag (Grevener St. 179, 48159 Muenster, Germany / www.lit-verlag.de), which can be ordered from there. Print issues of AA will have about 30% more material than the internet versions.
Abstracts supplied by authors are marked by ## before and after the abstract. Due to space limitations they may be abbreviated.
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. AA 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 or connection with present debates in anthropology.
Technically AA uses a combinded approach: that of an Abstracting reference journal (i.e., supplying abstracts), and in the case of most anthologies abstracted the Current Contents principle of listing only names and titles. All of the material has been indexed, however.
Keywords after each abstract serve as an "abstract of the abstract" - for quick reference.
The publishers, museums and research institutions must be thanked for their generally prompt deliveries of the books requested 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