9780631222361

Investigating Culture : An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631222361

  • ISBN10:

    0631222367

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/1/2004
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

Investigating Culture offers an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms. Provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply these ideas to their own lives Focuses on the ways that humans orient themselves, e.g., in space and time, according to language, food, the body, and the symbols provided by public myth and ritual Each chapter includes: an introduction framing the central issues, examples from a range of cultures, a selected reading or two, additional suggested readings, and exercises

Author Biography

Carol Delaney is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. She is author of The Seed and The Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society (1991) and Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth (1998), and is co-editor of Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis (1995, with Sylvia Yanagisako).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Disorientation and Orientation
1(32)
Selected Reading: Laura Bohannan, ``Shakespeare in the Bush''
25(6)
Exercises
31(2)
Spatial Locations
33(44)
Selected Reading: Sue Bridwell Beckham, ``The American Front Porch: Women's Liminal Space''
64(10)
Exercises
74(3)
All We Have Is Time
77(58)
Selected Reading: Ellen Goodman, ``Time is for Savoring''
109(1)
Selected Reading: Marshall Sahlins, ``The Original Affluent Society''
110(23)
Exercises
133(2)
Language: We Are What We Speak
135(40)
Selected Reading: Ursula LeGuin, ``She Unnames Them''
169(1)
Selected Reading: Alan Dundes, ``Seeing is Believing''
170(4)
Exercises
174(1)
Relatives and Relations
175(54)
Selected Reading: Penelope Eckert, ``Symbols of Category Membership''
209(13)
Selected Reading: A. M. Hocart, ``Kinship Systems''
222(5)
Exercises
227(2)
Our Bodies, Our Selves
229(42)
Selected Reading: Horace Miner, ``Body Ritual Among the Nacirema''
265(4)
Exercises
269(2)
Food For Thought
271(50)
Selected Reading: Jill Dubisch, ``You Are What You Eat: Religious Aspects of the Health Food Movement''
311(8)
Exercises
319(2)
Clothing Matters
321(46)
Selected Reading: Julio Ramon Ribeyro, ``Alienation''
360(6)
Exercises
366(1)
VIPs: Very Important People, Places, and Performances
367(56)
Selected Reading: Clifford Geertz, ``The Impact of the Concept of Culture on the Concept of Man''
410(12)
Exercises
422(1)
Index 423

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