Explorations in Cultural Anthropology: A Reader

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Explorations in Cultural Anthropology is a collection of readings chosen to demonstrate the varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective to real-world problems on local, regional, and global scales. It introduces undergraduates to the exciting, perplexing, and troubling issues that socio-cultural anthropologists confront in their work in academia and beyond. Students now have a one-stop source for a variety of key ethnographic and cultural materials without having to buy or search for numerous texts.
Explorations in Cultural Anthropology offers 31 classic readings and contemporary anthropological essays as well as pieces written by journalists, scholars from other disciplines, cultural consultants, and community leaders. The selections are meant to thoughtfully challenge students and provoke further discussion within introductory-level classrooms. The book is organized into nine parts that reflect significant themes and current trends in cultural anthropology: Culture; Fieldwork and Ethnography; Language, Communication, and Expressive Culture; Socio-economic and Political Systems in a Changing World; Race and Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality; Marriage, Family, and Kinship; Belief Systems; and Applied and Future Anthropologies. Each part introduces the articles therein and provides probing questions per article for student response. This outstanding collection perfectly complements Luke Eric Lassiter's Invitation to Cultural Anthropology textbook but has wide appeal for all introductory cultural anthropology courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759109537
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 826,368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen E. Boyd is associate professor of anthropology at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Luke Eric Lassiter is director of the Graduate Humanities Program and professor of Humanities and Anthropology at Marshall University Graduate College, South Charleston, West Virginia. He is the author of Invitation to Anthropology and co-editor of The Other Side of Middletown, among other works.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I Culture

Introduction and Discussion Questions 1

1 Body Ritual among the Nacirema Horace Miner 5

2 Crack in Spanish Harlem: Culture and Economy in the Inner City Philippe Bourgois 11

3 Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban 25

Part II Fieldwork and Ethnography

Introduction and Discussion Questions 37

4 Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Richard Borshay Lee 41

5 Reflections of a Shy Ethnographer: Foot-in-the-Mouth Is Not Fatal Juliana Flinn 49

6 Doing Collaborative Ethnography Luke Eric Lassiter 57

7 Getting a Living Michelle Anderson Anne Kraemer Ashley Moore 65

Part III Language, Communication, and Expressive Culture

Introduction and Discussion Questions 83

8 The Circle Michael Agar 89

9 Fighting for Our Lives Deborah Tannen 105

10 Body Art as Visual Language Enid Schildkrout 125

Part IV Socioeconomic and Political Systems in a Changing World

Introduction and Discussion Questions 135

11 One Hundred Percent American Ralph Linton 141

12 The Silk Road: The Making of a Global Cultural Economy Richard Kurin 145

13 The Globalization of a Brazilian Fishing Community Conrad Kottak 159

14 A Tribal Chair's Perspective on Inherent Sovereignty Billy Evans Horse 167

Part V Race and Ethnicity

Introduction and Discussion Questions 175

15 Scientific and Folk Ideas about Heredity Jonathan M. Marks 179

16 Melungeons and the Politics of Heritage Melissa Schrift 191

17 Inventing Hispanics: A Diverse Minority Resists Being Labeled Amitai Etzioni 211

Part VI Gender and Sexuality

Introduction and Discussion Questions 217

18 Different Words, Different Worlds Deborah Tannen 223

19 "Ladies" Behind Bars: A Liminal Gender as Cultural Mirror John M. Coggeshall 243

20 The Sworn Virgins of Albania Antonia Young 251

21 Hijra and Sadhin: Neither Man nor Woman in India Serena Nanda 259

Part VII Marriage, Family, and Kinship

Introduction and Discussion Questions 275

22 Child-Rearing [in Middletown USA, circa 1929] Robert Helen Lynd 281

23 Gay Marriage and Anthropology Linda S. Stone 301

24 When Brothers Share a Wife Melvyn C. Goldstein 305

25 Caveat Emptor? Jonathan M. Marks 313

Part VIII Belief Systems

Introduction and Discussion Questions 319

26 The Sacred Pipe in Modern Life Arval Looking Horse 325

27 Oh, Gods! Toby Lester 331

28 Folklore and Medicine David J. Hufford 349

Part IX Applied and Future Anthropologies

Introduction and Discussion Questions 363

29 Reflections on Collaboration, Ethnographic and Applied James L. Peacock 367

30 Studying College Students: Applying Anthropology to Teaching Anthropology Cathy Small 379

31 Virtual Worlds and Futures of Anthropology Tom Boellstorff 387

Index 395

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