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Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology

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An ideal complement to standard anthropology texts or as a stand-alone reader, Conformity and Conflict continues to offer an in-depth look at anthropology as a powerful way to study human behavior and events. The articles cover a broad range of theoretical perspectives and demonstrate basic anthropological concepts. The tenth edition retains the accessibility of the previous editions: a combination of professionalism and readability in selections; the view that anthropology provides perspective on experience; and...
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Overview

An ideal complement to standard anthropology texts or as a stand-alone reader, Conformity and Conflict continues to offer an in-depth look at anthropology as a powerful way to study human behavior and events. The articles cover a broad range of theoretical perspectives and demonstrate basic anthropological concepts. The tenth edition retains the accessibility of the previous editions: a combination of professionalism and readability in selections; the view that anthropology provides perspective on experience; and a carefully integrated organization. Presents balanced coverage of non-Western and Western cultures (including American) so readers can make their own cultural comparisons and see the relevance of anthropology to their lives. Contains articles that reflect interesting topics while illustrating key concepts and theories. Organizes selections based on traditional topics such as Language and Communication, Economic Systems, Kinship and Family, and Religion. Includes key terms and discussion of many basic anthropological definitions in the part introductions. Provides review questions at the end of each article. Retains the maps, providing readers with a way to locate the societies discussed in the book. For anyone interested in cultural anthropology.
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Spradley and McCurdy cover a broad range of theoretical perspectives and present basic anthropological concepts in this text, which can be used as a complement to standard anthropolgy texts or as a stand- alone text/reader. Of the thirty-nine articles in the 11th edition, eleven are new, five are revised and updated, and one has been brought back from earlier editions. All sections have at least one new or revised article. The text contains up-to-date theory and discussion on current issues in the field, such as medical anthropology, race and ethnicity, cultural econology, and globalization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780673520739
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Edition description: 7th ed
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 491

Table of Contents

Each new article is indicated by a “*” .

World Map and Geographical Placement of Readings.

Preface.

I. CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY.

1. James P. Spradley, Ethnography and Culture.

2. Richard Borshay Lee, Eating Christmas in the Kalahari.

3. Laura Bohannan, Shakespeare in the Bush.

*4. Claire E. Sterk, Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of AIDS.

5. George Gmelch, Lessons from the Field.

II. LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION.

*6. Martin A. Nowak, Homo Grammaticus.

*7. Enid Schildkrout, Body Art as Visual Language.

8. David S. Thomson, Worlds Shaped by Words.

*9. Sarah Boxer, The Military Name.

10. Deborah Tannen, Conversation Style: Talking on the Job.

III. ECOLOGY AND SUBSISTENCE.

11. Richard Borshay Lee, The Hunters: Scarce Resources in the Kalahari.

12. Jared Diamond, Adaptive Failure: Easter's End.

*13. Richard K. Reed, Cultivating the Tropical Forest.

14. Jared Diamond, Domestication and the Evolution of Disease.

IV. ECONOMIC SYSTEMS.

15. Lee Cronk, Reciprocity and the Power of Giving.

16. Jack Weatherford, Cocaine and the Economic Deterioration of Bolivia.

17. Philippe Bourgois, Workaday World Crack Economy.

*1Conservation.

*19. Theodore C. Bestor, How Sushi Went Global.

V. KINSHIP AND FAMILY.

20. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Mother's Love: Death Without Weeping.

21. David W. McCurdy, Family and Kinship in Village India.

*22. Lu Yuan and Sam Mitchell, Matrilineal Kinship: Walking Marriage in China.

23. Margery Wolf, Uterine Families and the Women's Community.

VI. ROLES AND INEQUALITY.

24. Elizabeth W. Fernea and Robert A. Fernea, Symbolizing Roles: Behind the Veil.

25. Ernestine Friedl, Society and Sex Roles.

26. Jeffrey M. Fish, Mixed Blood.

27. Jack Weatherford, Blood on the Steppes: Ethnicity, Power, and Conflict.

*28. Dianna Shandy, New Americans: the Road to Refugee Resettlement.

VII. LAW AND POLITICS.

*29. James P. Spradley and David W. McCurdy, Law and Order.

30. Anne Sutherland, Cross-Cultural Law: The Case of the Gypsy Offender.

*31. Marvin Harris, Life Without Chiefs.

VIII. RELIGION, MAGIC AND WORLD VIEW.

32. Stanley A. Freed and Ruth S. Freed, Taraka's Ghost.

33. George Gmelch, Baseball Magic.

*34. Charlanne Burke, Witchcraft Tswana Style.

35. Stephen C. Leavitt, Cargo Beliefs and Religious Experience.

IX. CULTURE CHANGE AND APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY. Resistance.

*37. Sonia Patten, Medical Anthropology: Improving Nutrition in Malawi.

38. David W. McCurdy, Using Anthropology.

39. John T. Omohundro, Career Advice for Anthropology Undergraduates.

Glossary.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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