Talking about People: Readings in Cultural Anthropology

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How do people learn and experience their culture? How do people make a living? What does it mean to be in a family? How do we make sense of peoples’ beliefs and ritual practices? In exploring questions such as these, this cultural anthropology reader focuses on contemporary global concerns and includes a significant number of articles by authors from outside the United States.

A dynamic development in the fourth edition is the inclusion of “Anthropology and Public Debate” ...

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Overview

How do people learn and experience their culture? How do people make a living? What does it mean to be in a family? How do we make sense of peoples’ beliefs and ritual practices? In exploring questions such as these, this cultural anthropology reader focuses on contemporary global concerns and includes a significant number of articles by authors from outside the United States.

A dynamic development in the fourth edition is the inclusion of “Anthropology and Public Debate” sections, in which opposing anthropological arguments on current hot topics are featured. In addition, “Doing Fieldwork” essays consider the nature and dilemmas of fieldwork, the changing status of the field, the nature of anthropological learning in the field, and ethical issues and dilemmas.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780767405133
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/9/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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William A. Gordon is a full-time author and publisher. His previous books include The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book, Shot on This Site: A Traveler's Guide to the Places and Locations Used to Film Famous Movies and Television Shows, and Four Dead in Ohio: Was There a Conspiracy at Kent State? He lives in Southern California.
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Table of Contents

Ch. I Introduction : what is distinctive about anthropology? 1
1 Anthropology! 4
2 Fact versus fiction : an ethnographic paradox set in the Seychelles 17
3 Going native? 21
4 Culture never dies : anthropology at Abu Ghraib 24
Ch. II Basic concepts : what is the meaning of culture? 27
5 When does life begin? : a cross-cultural perspective on the personhood of fetuses and young children 30
6 Human-rights law and the demonization of culture 42
7 Doing fieldwork : ethnography in awkward spaces : an anthropology of cultural borrowing 45
Ch. III Communication : what is the relationship between language and culture? 50
8 When a juror watches a lawyer 52
9 Forms of address : how their social functions may vary 56
10 Language, race, and white public space 59
11 Doing field work : Euskara : the "terror" of a European minority language 69
Ch. IV Socialization : how do people learn and experience their culture? 72
12 Growing up American : doing the right thing 74
13 The anthropologist as mother : reflections on childbirth observed and childbirth experienced 77
14 Flexible survivors 84
Ch. V Ecology : how do people relate to nature? 87
15 Nomads on notice 89
16 Contested knowledge, contingent classification : animals in the highlands of Papua New Guinea 92
17 Conservation policy and indigenous peoples 103
Ch. VI Economics : how do people make a living? 109
18 Learning how to bribe a policeman 111
19 Crack in Spanish Harlem : culture and economy in the inner city 114
20 Cities without care or connection 121
Ch. VII Gender and sexuality : how do women and men relate to each other? 125
21 The place of anthropology in a public culture reshaped by bioreductivism 127
22 Hanky-panky and spanky-wanky : sex and the single boy 130
23 Anthropology and public debate : gay and lesbian marriage 134
24 Doing field work : are we there yet? : getting to the field 141
Ch. VIII Marriage and kinship : what does it mean to be in a family? 143
25 Arranging a marriage in India 145
26 Why migrant women feed their husbands tamales : foodways as a basis for a revisionist view of Tejano family life 150
27 Land of the walking marriage 158
28 The persistence of polygamy 161
29 Doing fieldwork : the refrigerator and American ideas of "home" 166
Ch. IX Collective identities : how do people express status and group membership? 168
30 For whom the Taco Bells toll : popular responses to NAFTA south of the border 170
31 Owning places and buying time : class, culture, and stalled gentrification 181
32 The genocidal state : Hutu extremism and the origins of the "final solution" in Rwanda 191
33 Doing fieldwork : an anthropologist learns the value of fear 197
Ch. X Politics : how do people exercise power over each other? 201
34 Say "Cheese!" : the Disney order that is not so Mickey Mouse 203
35 Waaseta (personal connections) 207
36 The modern state : nation-builder or nation-killer? 209
37 Deceptive stereotypes about "tribal warfare" 218
38 Doing fieldwork : participant observation on a motorcycle 221
Ch. XI Religion : how do we make sense of peoples' beliefs and ritual practices? 223
39 Witchcraft in anthropological perspective 225
40 Feminine power at sea 231
41 On dance and difference : bodies, movement and experience in Khoesaan Trance-dancing - perceptions of "a raver" 234
42 Anthropology and public debate : understanding 9/11 242
Ch. XII Change : what does it mean to modernize? 245
43 The ugly American revisited 247
44 The anti-politics machine : "development" and bureaucratic power in Lesotho 251
45 Counter-development in the Andes 258
46 Doing fieldwork : in the disaster zone : anthropologists and the ambiguity of aid 263
Ch. XIII Old issues, new contexts : what does the future hold for anthropology? 267
47 Shuar migrants and shrunken heads face to face in a New York museum 269
48 The anthropology of abortion activism 275
49 Anthropology and public debate : anthropology and the "war on terror" 278
50 The museum of me 284
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