Part 1, Ethnographies, is organized by area (North America, South America, North Eurasia, Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, & Australia), and then by individual groups under these headings. Part 2, Special Topic Essays, consists of 3 broad sections (Hunter-Gatherers, History, and Social Theory; Facets of Hunter-Gatherer Life in Cross-Cultural Perspective; and Hunter-Gatherers in a Global World), with chapters under those sections - four under section 1, six under section 2, and five under section 3.
Books consists of 10 sections, followed by biographical profiles of over 85 sociolinguists.
The 10 sections are:
Section I. Foundations of Society and Language
Section II. Language and Interaction
Section III. Language Variation: Style, Situation, Function
Section IV. Language Variation and Change: Dialects and Social Groups
Section V. Language Contact
Section VI. Language, Power and Inequality
Section VII. Language Planning, Policy, Practice
Section VIII. Language and Education
Section IX. Methods in Sociolinguistics
Section X. The Profession
Section X is of particular interest for its material on relevant resources for sociolinguists. Its chapters include:
Endangered Languages Projects (An Inventory) L. A. Grenoble; L. J. Whaley
Internet Resources for Sociolinguistics A. Deumert
Professional Associations R. Mesthrie
Sociolinguistics Journals: A Critical Survey N. Coupland
This encyclopedia focuses, in 967 entries, on the four fields in anthropology, plus relevant material in related fields. Special emphases include " ... hominid evolution, primate behavior, genetics, ancient civilizations, cross-cultural studies, social theories, and the value of human language for symbolic communication. "
The encyclopedia is organized into two main sections: topics and cultures. The topics section covers general topics relating to medical anthropology such as medical systems; political, economic and social issues; sexuality, reproduction and the life cycle; and health conditions and diseases. The cultures section covers over 50 cultures from around the world and describes their health practices in detail. ... (description in WorldCat record)