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Covering issues ranging from fundamentalism to forced migration, child labor to crack dealing, and visual arts to tourism, the contributors highlight anthropology's commitment to taking people seriously on their own terms, paying close attention to what they are saying and doing, and trying to understand how they see the world and why. In exposing the cultural basis of seemingly "natural" behaviors and challenging us to rethink some of our most cherished ideas-about gender, "free" markets, "race," and "refugees"-the essays here demonstrate the vitality of anthropology for today's world.
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Introduction: Taking People Seriously
1. Understanding Inner-City Poverty: Resistance and Self-Destruction under U.S. Apartheid
2. Min(d)ing the Body: On the Trail of Organ-Stealing Rumors
3. World Markets: Anthropological Perspectives
4. Political Ideologies: Socialism and Its Discontents
5. On Conflict and Violence
6. Imagined but Not Imaginary: Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Modern World
7. Fighting the Good Fight: Fundamentalism and Religious Revival
William O. Beeman
8. Unraveling "Race" for the Twenty-First Century
Faye V. Harrison
9. Interpreting Gender and Sexuality: Approaches from Cultural Anthropology
10. Medical Knowledge and Body Politics
11. Anthropology, Culture, and Environment
Melissa Leach and James Fairhead
12. Hunger in Africa: Untangling Its Human Roots
Ellen Messer and Parker Shipton
13. Anthropology and the Aid Encounter
Alex de Waal
14. The Refugee: A Discourse on Displacement
E. Valentine Daniel
15. Our Own Way: On Anthropology and Intellectual Property
A. David Napier
16. Anthropologists in a World with and without Human Rights
17. Future Generations and Global Standards: Children's Rights at the Start of the Millennium
18. The Anthropology of Science
19. Fieldwork at the Movies: Anthropology and Media
20. Ideas of Culture and the Challenge of Music
21. Art/Anthropology/Museums: Revulsions and Revolutions
Christopher B. Steiner
22. Paradise Postponed: The Predicaments of Tourism
23. Survival International
Posted November 6, 2002
This collection of cutting-edge essays tells it like it is. It shows why everyone is imitating and rediscovering anthropology today from other disciplines. Buy this, read it, and see why anthropology is the most effective way to investigate so many problems in modern life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.