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Examine Culture and its Influence on Human Life
Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology seeks to teach readers the importance of culture and its influence on human life. By including examples of Western, North American cultures, the text makes cultural understanding and comparison more relatable to audiences. The inclusion of current information and articles allows readers to connect with major anthropological concepts through relevant events.
The Fifteenth Edition reflects the changing nature of the discipline of anthropology by shifting its focusing to the more concerning issues of today. Useful features like a glossary of key terms help readers understand basic concepts discussed in the readings. Articles throughout the text touch on all major subfields, including environmental, global, and medical topics, giving readers a comprehensive introduction to the field.
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David W. McCurdy has been a professor of Anthropology at Macalester since 1966, acting as chair of the department for extended periods since 1969. He was the first recipient of the American Anthropological Association/ Mayfield Award for Undergraduate Teaching (1997), and he was the subject of an article in 1977 by Change Magazine for innovative teaching in anthropology. Professor McCurdy received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1957, a Masters in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1959, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell Univeristy in 1964.
He completed a major ethnography (1961-1963), then restudy (1985, 1991, 1994) of a Bhil tribal community in Rajasthan, India. He has also conducted a cross-cultural study of spirit possession (1966-1967). His ethnographic studies have examined corporate managers (1983), stockbrokers (1980), Jehovah witnesses (1973), as well as members of an environment movement (1968-1969). He has also performed continued ethnography (1988-1999) on a national motorcycle association.
Dianna Shandy is Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College, where she has been teaching since 1999. She earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Anthropology at Columbia University and a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics with Certificates in African Studies and Russian Area Studies at Georgetown University. Her work spans U.S. and international settings, with broad research and teaching interests in gender, migration, political conflict and violence, and research methods. Specific research projects have explored college-educated women negotiating work and family in the United States, African asylum seekers in Ireland, and the Nuer (South Sudanese) diaspora.
James Spradley was a professor of Anthropology at Macalester College from 1962 until his passing in 1982. He was a prolific author who wrote or edited 20 books in 12 years. He made especially notable contributions to the literature on ethnography and qualitative research.
PART I: CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY
1. Ethnography and Culture by James P. Spradley
2. Eating Christmas in the Kalahari by Richard Borshay Lee
3. Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of AIDS by Claire E. Sterk
4. Nice Girls Don’t Talk to Rastas by George Gmelch
PART II: LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
5. Shakespeare in the Bush by Laura Bohannan
6. Manipulating Meaning: The Military Name Game by Sarah Boxer
7. Conversation Style: Talking on the Job by Deborah Tannen
PART III: ECOLOGY AND SUBSISTENCE
8. The Hunters: Scarce Resources in the Kalahari by Richard Borshay Lee
9. Illegal Logging and Frontier Conservation by Nathan Williamson
10. We Are Going Underwater by Susan A. Crate
11. Forest Development the Indian Way by Richard K. Reed
PART IV: ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
12. Reciprocity and the Power of Giving by Lee Cronk
13. Poverty at Work: Office Employment and the Crack Alternative by Philippe Bourgois
14. Women in the mine by Jessica Smith Rolston
15. Malawi Versus the World Bank by Sonia Patten
PART V: KINSHIP AND FAMILY
16. Mother’s Love: Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
17. Family and Kinship in Village India by David W. McCurdy
18. Polyandry: When Brothers Take a Wife by Melvyn C. Goldstein
19. Marriage and Adulthood in West Africa by Susanna Fioratta
PART VI: IDENTITY, ROLES AND GROUPS
20. Negotiating Work and Family in America by Dianna Shandy and Karine Moe
21. Becoming Muslim in Europe by Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar
22. Mixed Blood by Jefferson M. Fish
23. Motorcycles, Membership, and Belonging by David W. McCurdy
PART VII: LAW AND POLITICS
24. Cross-Cultural Law: The Case of an American Gypsey by Anne Sutherland
25. Law and Order by James P. Spradley and David W. McCurdy
26. Navigating Nigerian Bureaucracies by Elizabeth A. Eames
27. Illegal Economics and the Untold Story of the Amputees by Carolyn Nordstrom
PART VIII: RELIGION, MAGIC, AND WORLDVIEW
28. The Worst Lover: Boyfriend Spirits in Senegal by Rachel Mueller
29: Baseball Magic by George Gmelch
30. Run for the Wall: An American Pilgrimage by Jill Dubisch
31. Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Horace Miner
PART IX: GLOBALIZATION
32. How Sushi Went Global by Theodore C. Bestor
33. Village Walks: Tourism and Globalization Among the Tharu of Nepal by Arjun Guneratne and Kate Bjork
34. Nuer Refugees in America by Dianna Shandy
35. Global Women in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild
PART X: USING AND DOING ANTHROPOLOGY
36. Advice for Developers: Peace Corps Problems in Botswana by Hoyt S. Alverson
37. Medical Anthropology: Improving Nutrition in Malawi by Sonia Patten
38. Public Interest in Ethnography: Women’s Prisons and Health Care in California by Rachael Stryker
39. Using Anthropology by David McCurdy