Applying Cultural Anthropology: An Introductory Reader

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  • Edition: 9th
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  • Copyright: 7/30/2012
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Applying Cultural Anthropology: An Introductory Readeris a collection of articles that provide compelling examples of applied research in cultural anthropology. In this age of globalization and increased cultural intolerance, the basic messages of public anthropology are more important than ever.

Table of Contents


1. Shakespeare in the Bush Laura Bohannan (Natural History, 1966)

2. Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Richard Borshay Lee (Natural History, 1969)

3. Maxwell’s Demons: Disenchantment in the FieldJanet McIntosh

Kinship and Family

4. When Brothers Share a WifeMelvyn C. Goldstein (Natural History, 1987)

5. How Many Fathers Are Best for a Child?Meredith F. Small (Discover, 2003)

6. “To Give up on Words”: Silence in Western Apache CultureKeith H. Basso (Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, 1970)

7. How Families Work: Love, Labor and Mediated Oppositions in American Domestic RitualMark Auslander

Ritual and Religion

8. Body Ritual Among the NaciremaHorace Miner (American Anthropologist, 1956)

9. Ritual in the Operating RoomPearl Katz

10. Plastic Red Rituals: There's More to That Cup Than You ThinkKrystal D'Costa

11. The Adaptive Value of Religious RitualRichard Sosis (American Scientist, 2004)

Food and Agriculture

12. The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human RaceJared Diamond (Discover, 1987)

13. The Forgotten Population: Youth, Food Insecurity, and the Global Food CrisisCraig Hadley, Tefera Belachew, David Lindstrom, Fasil Tessema

14. Chinese Table Manners: You Are How You EatEugene Cooper (Human Organization, 1986)

Gender and Sexuality

15. Talk in the Intimate Relationship: His and HersDeborah Tannen

16. Measuring Up to Barbie: Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular CultureJacqueline Urla and Alan C. Swedlund

17. Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?: Anthropological Reflections on CulturalRelativism and Its OthersLila Abu-Lughod (American Anthropologist, 2002)

18. Gay Marriage and AnthropologyLinda S. Stone (Anthropology News, 2004)

19. “Strange Country This”: An Introduction to North American Gender DiversityWill Roscoe (Changing Ones, 1998)

Medical Anthropology

20. It Takes A Village Healer: Anthropologists believe traditional medicine can remedy Africa's aids crisis. Are They Right?Matthew Steinglass

21. The Viral SuperhighwayGeorge Armelagos (The Sciences, 1998)

22. Culture and the Evolution of ObesityPeter J. Brown (Human Nature, 1991)

23. Pocahontas Goes to the Clinic: Popular Culture as Lingua Francain a Cultural BorderlandCheryl Mattingly (American Anthropologist, 2006)

Money and Conflict

24. Anthropologist Takes Inner-City Children on Shopping SpreesElizabeth Chin

25. Just Another Job?: The Commodification of Domestic LaborBridget Anderson

26. Conflict and Confluence in Advertising MeetingsRobert J. Morais (Human Organization, 2007)

Law and Conflict

27. Law, Custom, and Crimes against Women: The Problem of Dowry Death in IndiaJohn van Willigen and V. C. Channa (Human Organization, 1991)

28. The Kpelle MootJames L. Gibbs Jr. (Africa, 1963)

29. Sacred Barriers to Conflict Resolution 192Scott Atran, Robert Axelrod, Richard Davis (Science, 2007)

30. Army Enlists Anthropology in War ZonesDavid Rohde (New York Times, 2007)

31. Contemporary Warfare in the New Guinea HighlandsAaron Podolefsky (Ethnology, 1984)

Environment, Poverty, & Development

32. Are the Desert People Winning?Robert Sapolsky

33. Two Rights Make a Wrong: Indigenous Peoples VersusEnvironmental Protection AgenciesRichard Reed

34. Moral Fibers of Farmer Cooperatives: Creating Poverty and Wealth with Cotton in Southern MaliScott M. Lacy (2008)

35. Family Planning Outreach and Credit Programs in Rural BangladeshSidney Ruth Schuler and Syed M. Hashemi (Human Organization, 1995)

Globalization and Culture Change

36. The Search for Sustainable Markets: The Promise and Failures of Fair TradeJulia Smith (Culture & Agriculture, 2007)

37. Globalization from the Ground UpDave Crawford

38. The Price of Progress 273John H. Bodley (Victims of Progress, 1999)

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