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Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology
David W. McCurdy
An ideal complement to standard anthropology texts or as a stand-alone text/reader, the best-selling Conformity and Conflict continues to offer students an in-depth look at anthropology as a powerful way to study human behavior and events.
The 2008 Edition retains all thirty-seven readings from the twelfth edition and provides online access to thirteen additional readings previously published in the tenth or eleventh editions. Readings have been selected based on the comments and suggestions of Conformity and Conflict adopters across the country and are accessible through a website using an access code provided with this text.
These classic readings help carry the long tradition of Conformity and Conflict into the information age:
The Laws of Looking, by Michael Argyle
Millennialists and the State: Reflections after Waco, by Michael Barkun
How Sushi Went Global, byTheodore C. Bestor
The Military Name Game, by Sarah Boxer
Witchcraft Tswana Style, by Charlanne Burke
Government, Oil, and Political Transformation: The Iñupiat Eskimo Case, by Norman A. Chance
Domestication and the Evolution of Disease, by Jared Diamond
Navigating Nigerian Bureaucracies, by Elizabeth A. Eames
Women in the Global Factory, by Annette Fuentes and Barbara Ehrenreich
Teleconditioning and the Postmodern Classroom, by Conrad Phillip Kottak
Law and Order, by James P. Spradley and David W. McCurdy
Blood on theSteppes: Ethnicity, Power, and Conflict, by Jack Weatherford
Illegal Logging and Frontier Conservation, by Nathan Williamson
Each reading retains the accessibility for which Conformity and Conflict is well known, covers a broad range of theoretical perspectives that demonstrate basic anthropological concepts, and presents the view that anthropology provides a fascinating perspective on the human experience.
What the reviewers are saying…
“The reader offers a variety of very accessible readings on a number of topics central to cultural anthropology… They are easy to work into lectures and to combine with other readings. The students always remember the readings from this book.”—Margaret L. Brown, Washington University
“Students appreciate the candor and occasional humor as well as the depth and wide range of the articles.” —Alanson L. Hertzberg, Cosumnes River College
World Map and Geographical Placement of Readings.
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. David S. Thomson, The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Worlds Shaped by Words.
7. James P. Spradley And Brenda J. Mann, How To Ask For a Drink.
8. Enid Schildkrout, Body Art as Visual Language.
9. Deborah Tannen, Conversation Style: Talking on the Job.
Online Only: Conrad Kottak, Teleconditioning and the Postmodern Classroom.
Online Only: Michael Argyle, The Laws of Looking.
Online Only: Sarah Boxer, The Military Name Game.
III. ECOLOGY AND SUBSISTENCE.
10. Richard Borshay Lee, The Hunters: Scarce Resources in the Kalahari.
11. Jared Diamond, Adaptive Failure: Easter's End.
12. Richard K. Reed, Forest Development The Indian Way.
Online Only: Jared Diamond, Domestication and the Evolution of Disease.
IV. ECONOMIC SYSTEMS.
13. Lee Cronk, Reciprocity and the Power ofGiving.
14. Jack Weatherford, Cocaine and the Economic Deterioration of Bolivia.
15. Philippe Bourgois, Office Work and the Crack Alternative.
Online Only: Annette Fuentes and Barbara Ehrenreich, Women in the Global Factory
V. KINSHIP AND FAMILY.
16. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Mother's Love: Death Without Weeping.
17. David W. McCurdy, Family and Kinship in Village India.
18. Clifford Geertz, Life Without Fathers Of Husbands.
19. Margery Wolf, Uterine Families and the Women's Community.
VI. ROLES AND INEQUALITY.
20. Elizabeth W. Fernea and Robert A. Fernea, Symbolizing Roles: Behind the Veil.
21. Ernestine Friedl, Society and Sex Roles.
22. Meredith F. Small, A Woman’s Curse?
23. Jeffrey M. Fish, Mixed Blood.
Online Only: Jack Weatherford, Blood on the Steppes: Ethnicity, Power, and Conflict
VII. LAW AND POLITICS.
24. Anne Sutherland, Cross-Cultural Law: The Case of the Gypsy Offender.
25. Barbara Joans, Notes From an Expert Witness
26. Marvin Harris, Life Without Chiefs.
Online Only: James Spradley, Law and Order
Online Only: Elizabeth A. Eames, Navigating Nigerian Bureaucracies
Online Only: Norman A. Chance, Government, Oil, and Political Transformation: The Inupiat Eskimo Case
VIII. RELIGION, MAGIC AND WORLD VIEW.
27. Stanley A. Freed and Ruth S. Freed, Taraka’s Ghost.
28. George Gmelch, Baseball Magic.
29. Jill Dubisch, Run For The Wall: An American Pilgrimage.
30. Stephen C. Leavitt, Cargo Beliefs and Religious Experience.
Online Only: Charlanne Burke, Witchcraft Tswana Style.
Online Only: Michael Barkun, Millennialists and the State: Reflections after Waco.
31. Dianna Shandy, New Americans: The Road To Refugee Resettlement.
32. Denise Brennan, Men’s Pleasure, Women’s Labor: Tourism For Sex.
33. Ian Condry, Japanese Hip-Hop And The Globalization Of Popular Culture.
Online Only: Nathan Williamson, Illegal Logging and Frontier Conservation
Online Only: Theodore C. Bestor, How Sushi Went Global
X. CULTURE CHANGE AND APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY.
34. Terence Turner, The Kayapo Resistance.
35.Sonia Patten, Medical Anthropology: Improving Nutrition in Malawi.
36. David W. McCurdy, Using Anthropology.
37. John T. Omohundro, Career Advice for Anthropology Undergraduates.