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Overview

Luke Eric Lassiter's concise introductory text to cultural anthropology offers a fresh and accessible approach for students. His message about the relevance of anthropology is timely and engaging, and illustrates the varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective for real world problems on the local, regional, and global scale. This book is an ideal text for undergraduate students, and can be easily supplemented with case studies in anthropology.
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Editorial Reviews

Colleen Boyd
The writing is lively, the illustrations and examples are engaging and relevant. Each semester I ask students if I should continue to use a text, they always vote to keep Lassiter's book on the syllabus. I will be using it again this fall and I would absolutely recommend it to colleagues.
Sebastian LeBeau II
My students thoroughly enjoyed it and raved about its ease of use, its small size, fairly inexpensive cost, and more importantly, how clearly the concepts of cultural anthropology were presented. Seldom have I had students announce in class that they enjoyed reading a text book, yet my students did this very thing.
Melinda Bollar Wagner
I was looking for a relatively small-sized text, so that other readings could be assigned; one that is not organized by 'band, tribe, chiefdom, state' and 'hunters and gatherers, horticulturalists, etc.' but that does contain basic information about the differences these types of cultures bring with them; and a text that deals with methods and explores what it means to be an anthropologist. I found all three in Invitation to Anthropology. I also appreciate Lassiter's use of examples: The students really get it when he says that he himself is ethnocentric about NASCAR. This causes comment.
Colleen E. Boyd
The writing is lively, the illustrations and examples are engaging and relevant. Each semester I ask students if I should continue to use a text, they always vote to keep Lassiter's book on the syllabus. I will be using it again this fall and I would absolutely recommend it to colleagues.
Lee D. Baker
“Fresh, exciting, relevant and extremely useful to students and faculty alike.”
(Praise from Previous Edition)
James L. Peacock III
“Lassiter's introduction to anthropology promises to keep deep and strong contact with real currents of today's life and to pull students into those currents.”
(Praise from Previous Edition)
Celeste Ray
“Lassiter offers a fresh and accessible approach to anthropology for both the academic and the non-specialist. His evangelical message about the relevance of anthropology is timely and engaging. Moving beyond the popular stereotypes of Indiana-Jones-ish anthropologists documenting fertility dances among remote tribes, Lassiter illustrates the varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective for real world problems on the local, regional and global scale.”
(Praise from Previous Edition)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759109759
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Luke Eric Lassiter is professor of humanities and anthropology and director of the Graduate Humanities Program at Marshall University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Anthropology, Culture, and Ethnography

Ch. 1 Evolution and the Critique of Race: A Short Story 3

Ch. 2 Anthropology and Culture 35

Ch. 3 Ethnography 69

Pt. II Ethnology: Some Human Issues

Ch. 4 History, Change, and Adaptation: On the Roots of Our World System 107

Ch. 5 Sex, Power, and Inequality: On Gender 131

Ch. 6 Work, Success, and Kids: On Marriage, Family, and Kinship 157

Ch. 7 Knowledge, Belief, and Disbelief: On Religion 183

Afterword 199

Glossary 203

Bibliography and Suggested Readings 213

Index 225

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