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Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology

Twelfth Edition

 2008 Edition


 James Spradley

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205619269
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: MyAnthroKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

World Map and Geographical Placement of Readings.





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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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



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



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



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.

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