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For undergraduate courses in introductory cultural anthropology.
This book is a collection of readings that illustrate key concepts in cultural anthropology. Each section has an introduction written by the editors that provides an overview of the topic and provides a context for the readings. Every reading concludes with a set of critical thinking questions for the student to consider.
1. Changing Faces of Anthropology: The Subfields.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Learning to Love Neanderthals, Robert Kunzig. Race Without Color, Jared Diamond. Digging Beneath Honolulu’s Chinatown, Joseph Kennedy. 1491, Charles C. Mann. For Reasons Out of Our Hands, Joan Smith/Kocamahhul. Queer Customs, Clyde Kluckhohn. Inventing Tibet, Lydia Aran
2. Fieldwork Among the Familiar and the Strange.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Are Ethnographies “Just So” Stories?, E. Paul Durrenberger. Adventures in the Field and in the Locker Room, Mari Womack and Joan C. Barker. Professional Football: An American Symbol and Ritual, William Arens. Kenya , Land of My Fathers: A Time Traveler in Kenya, Chapurukha M. Kusimba.
3. Subsistence and Economics.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. The Hunters and gatherers of New Guinea, Paul Roscoe. Ashmounds and Hilltop Villages : The Search for Early Agriculture in Southern India, Dorian Q. Fuller. Yanomamo: Varying Adaptations of Foraging Horticulturalists, Raymond B. Hames. Pastoral Nomadism and Gender: Status and Prestige, Economic Contribution, and Division of Labor among the Tuareg of Niger, Susan Rasmussen. Spheres of Inheritance in Aughnaboy, Elliot H. Leyton.
4. Family, Marriage, and Kinship.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. The Disappearance of the Incest Taboo, Yehudi Cohen. Family and Kinship in Village India, David W. McCurdy. Life Behind the Veil, Cherry Lindholm and Charles Lindholm. Land of the Walking Marriage, Lu Yuan and Sam Mitchell. Brazil: Moving Targets, Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Daniel Hoffman.
5. Realities of Gender.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Biological Influences on Gender, Jean Stockard and Miriam M. Johnson. Woman the Hunter: The Agta, Agnes Estioko-Griffen and P. Bion Griffin. Rituals of Manhood: Male Initiation in Papua New Guinea, Gilbert H. Herdt. “Foreign Chickens” and Other Outsiders: Gender and Community in Greece
6. Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Social Classification of Hunter-Gatherers: An Evolutionary Perspective, Hitoshi Watanabe. The Huron, Farmers of the North: Government and Law, Bruce G. Trigger. War, Factionalism, and the State of Afghanistan, Nazif M. Shahrani. Negotiated and Mediated Meanings: Ethnicity and Politics in Israeli Newspapers, Daniel Lefkowitz. Genesis of Suicide Terrorism, Scott Altran.
7. Religion, Religious Specialists, and Religious Ritual.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Shamans, Healing, and Mental Health, Ashvind N. Singh. A Reverence for Cows, Doranne Jacobson. Be Holy For I Am Holy: Food, Politics, and the Teaching of Judaism, Jay M. Eidelman. The Funeral Rite of Passage: An American Neo-Pagan Example, Benjamin C. Wilreker. Possession States Across the World: An Anthropological Approach, Kevin Rafferty.
8. Symbolic Expression.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Reading the Minds of Rock Artists, David Whitley. The Magic Flutes, Zhang Juzhong and Lee Yun Kuen. Re-Telling One’s Own: Storytelling Among the Apsaalooke (Crow Indians), Rodney Frey. The Arts of Memory: Icon and Structural Violence in a Dublin ‘Underclass’ Housing Estate, A. Jamie Sardis and Brendan Bartley. Native Burials: Human Rights and Sacred Bones, Edward Halealoha Ayau.
9. Globalization and Its Challenges
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Globalization North and South, Jan Nederveen Pieterse. Maori Sport and Cultural Identity in Australia, Paul Bergin. The Personal Consequences of Globalization in Taiwan, Yung-mei Tsai, Mei-lin Lee, and Temu Wang. The Price of Progress, John Bodley.
10. Solving Human Problems.
State of the Art/About the Articles, Dorothy Ukaegbu and Kevin Rafferty. Plan B: What is Going to Happen to My People?, Theodore E. Downing and Carmen Garcia-Downing. Tradition: Cultural Solutions to Human Needs, Jerry Moles. The Lakota Fund: Local Institutions & Access to Credit, Monica Terkildsen and Kathleen Pickering. The Social Psychology of Modern Slavery, Kevin Bales. Putting Anthropology to Work to Preserve Appalachian Heritage, Mary B. La Lone. Community-Based Archaeology in Central New York: Workshops Involving Native American Youth, Jordan E. Kerber.