Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (with MyAnthroKit Student Access Code Card) / Edition 12

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An ideal complement to standard anthropology texts or as a stand-alone text/reader, the best-selling Conformity and Conflict continues to offer an in-depth look at anthropology as a powerful way to study human behavior and events.

The 37 articles cover a broad range of theoretical perspectives and demonstrate basic anthropological concepts. The twelfth edition retains the accessibility of the previous editions and the view that anthropology provides a fascinating perspective on the human experience.

The twelfth edition has been shaped by the current concerns in both anthropology and American society, including globalization, the study of women's lives, race and ethnicity, and the practical applications of anthropology and the ways it leads to everyday careers.

The newly revised table of contents reflects the suggestions of Conformity and Conflict users. Thirty percent of the readings are either revised or entirely new to this edition.  Nine new articles appear in this edition of Conformity and Conflict (Readings 7, 12, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, 32, 33), three of which were expressly commissioned for this edition (12, 29, 25).  Four articles (5, 28, 31 and 35) have been updated for this edition.

More attention is paid to cultural ecology, to the impact of the world market and world systems on human social life, and to human change in increasingly large and complex societies. An entirely NEW section on globalization includes three new articles that introduce readers to key concepts -  how popular culture spreads to different societies, the processes by which cultural artifacts, social structures, and how ideas are adoptedand changed as they reach new societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205625468
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Each new or updated article is indicated by a “*”.

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.



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.



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


14. Jack Weatherford, Cocaine and the EconomicDeterioration of Bolivia.


     *15. Philippe Bourgois, Office Work and the Crack Alternative.



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.



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.



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.




   * 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.


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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