Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Address to the People of Kazakhstan by President

of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

A strong system «Responsible State - Responsible Society - 

Responsible Person» must be perpetuated in our country.

The "History and Theory of Anthropology" is a basic, widely known textbook on anthropology - the science of man, his origin, development, existence in natural and cultural environments.  The book is recommended for study by Harvard and Cambridge universities and other leading universities in the world.

The author of the textbook is the famous American anthropologist and ethnologist Alan Barnard - professor at the University of Edinburgh, where he has been teaching for over 40 years, a member of the British Academy of Sciences.  A. Barnard is the author of more than 10 books and hundreds of articles on comparative ethnography, history of anthropology, social anthropology, human origins and language.  His works have been translated into 17 languages.  He is also the author of other well-known books - Social Anthropology and the Emergence of Man, The Emergence of Symbolic Thought, and Language and Prehistory.

"History and Theory of Anthropology" has been translated into the Kazakh language as part of the implementation of the program article by Elbasy N. Nazarbayev "Bolashakka bagdar: Rukhani zhagyru" under the project "New humanitarian knowledge: one hundred new textbooks."  The translation of the textbook was attended by: executive editors - Doctor of Philosophy A. Masalimova, Master of Philosophy S. Urkinbaev, as well as translator, PhD in cultural studies Zh.Zhumasheva, scientific editors - Doctors of Philosophy A. Kulsarieva and A. Kurmanalieva, literary editor  - Writer, playwright M. Omarova.

The book is devoted to the formation and development of anthropology, the history of the emergence of theory and basic schools in anthropology.  It provides a comprehensive historical overview of the scientific understanding of these issues - from the beginning to the present day.  Despite the abundance of facts, information, detailed analysis, the book is distinguished by a fascinating, easy presentation style.  In addition, this is the first book on anthropology translated into the Kazakh language, and therefore many new terms found in the book were also first translated and introduced into scientific circulation (https://openu.kz/kz/book/antropologiya-tarihy-men-teoriyasy).

It should be noted that research methods in Western anthropology differ from those of the Soviet and post-Soviet educational space.  They include a broader understanding of culture and cover areas such as biology, sociology, archeology, philosophy, philology, linguistics.

As noted by the editor of the translation of the book, Professor A. Kulsarieva, “The value of this textbook by Alan Barnard lies in its systematic approach and answers to the questions - where did cultural anthropology come from, what interdisciplinary connections had a great influence on the formation of this science, all the significant names and main works,  which are arranged chronologically here.  This textbook will provide an understanding of the subject of cultural anthropology - humanity and its culture.  The student will receive a relatively new methodology for studying culture from the inside.  In particular, the student will receive clear answers to basic questions;  systematized knowledge of cultural anthropology, learn to conduct field research.  Previously, there was the concept of "introduction to the specialty", and so this textbook can be called a good methodological tool for entering the field of cultural anthropology. "

The textbook is intended for students and young professionals studying the history and theory of anthropology.