9780631222378

Investigating Culture : An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631222378

  • ISBN10:

    0631222375

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

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