Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology / Edition 1

Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology / Edition 1

by Carol Delaney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631222367

ISBN-13: 9780631222361

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology proposes an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms.

This exciting book offers a refreshing hands-on alternative to more traditional textbooks by challenging readers to think about culture in new ways

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Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology proposes an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms.

This exciting book offers a refreshing hands-on alternative to more traditional textbooks by challenging readers to think about culture in new ways and to apply these ideas to their own lives. Investigating Culture teaches students to think like anthropologists by encouraging them to compare their own cultural experiences with that of anthropologists who enter a culture specifically to study it. Approaching the study of culture or cultural anthropology in this way trains students to confront the reflexive nature of anthropology early on and to distance themselves from the inherent flaws of studying the "exotic Other."

Investigating Culture is divided into nine chapters that focus on the variety of ways that humans orient themselves - in space and time, by means of language, the body, the structures of everyday life, and the symbols of religion and public ritual. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining the central issues, selected classic readings, examples from a variety of cultures, suggested additional readings, and a series of exercises designed to make the analysis of culture personally accessible.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631222361
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Disorientation and Orientation1
2Spatial Locations33
3All We Have Is Time77
4Language: We Are What We Speak135
5Relatives and Relations175
6Our Bodies, Our Selves229
7Food For Thought271
8Clothing Matters321
9VIPs: Very Important People, Places, and Performances367
Index423

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