Classic Readings In Cultural Anthropology

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-03
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Practical and insightful, CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Second Edition is a concise and accessible reader that presents a core selection of historical and contemporary works. Carefully edited by established author Dr. Gary Ferraro, this edition includes five new classic readings from the disciplines of cultural anthropology and linguistics. Readings are organized around eight topics that closely mirror most introductory textbooks and are selected from scholarly works on the basis of their enduring themes and contributions to the discipline. These eminently relevant selections allow students to further explore anthropological perspectives on such key topics as culture; language and communication; ecology and economics; marriage and family; gender; politics and social control; supernatural beliefs; and issues of culture change. The text also addresses pressing topics such as globalization, ethnic violence, and environmental issues. CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Second Edition delivers an excellent introduction to the field of anthropology and the contributions it makes to understanding the world around us.

Table of Contents

Perspectives On Culture
"Body Ritual Among the Nacirema"
"Queer Customs"
Language and Communication
"Rapport-talk and Report-talk"
"The Sounds of Silence"
Economics and Ecology
"Eating Christmas in the Kalahari"
"The Domestication of Wood in Haiti"
Marriage and Family
"Arranging a Marriage in India"
"Death Without Weeping"
"Society and Sex Roles"
"Women and Men in !Kung Society"
"The Kpelle Moot"
"Anthropology and Counterinsurgency"
Supernatural Beliefs
"Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events"
"Baseball Magic"
Culture Change
"Steel Axes for Stone Age Australians"
"Globalization and Tom Friedman"
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