The Anthropological Lens: Harsh Light, Soft Focus / Edition 2

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Anthropology is an ever changing field and James L. Peacock's revised version of his successful text, first published in 1986, covers current issues in cultural anthropology. It includes new topics such as globalization, gender and postmodernism, and reflects recent changes in perspective and language. Designed for students, it will also interest professional anthropologists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004596
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,278,338
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Peacock is Kenan Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and President of the American Anthropological Association. His publications include Rites of Modernization (1968), The Human Condition (1970), Indonesia: Anthropological Perspectives (1973), Consciousness and Change (1975), Muslim Puritans (1978) and Pilgrims of Paradox (1989). He was President of the American Anthropological Association 1993–5, and was initiated into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1 Substance 1
It's real! Culture beheld 1
Anthropology defined: a holistic discipline 8
Perceiving holistically 11
Wholes differentiated into parts: analytical constructs 20
Culture and experience 23
The concept of culture in relation to nature 24
Society 36
The exotic location of community and culture 42
Culture and community in relation to individual and meaning 45
Globalization, power, and gender 49
Power 55
Essentialism and gender 57
2 Method 63
Travel 64
Fieldwork 69
Fieldwork and related endeavors 78
Interpretation 85
Generalization 95
The middle ground: ethnographic generalization 100
Deduction, experimentation, and introspection 104
Fieldwork, ethnography, and theory 109
3 Significance 113
The greatest story ever told 114
The evolutionary and the interpretive perspectives 120
Implications for practice: the mastery of our future and the future of our mastery 123
Harsh light and soft focus 144
Notes 146
Index 153
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