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Vital to libraries, teachers, and undergraduate students and their writings, this anthology offers contemporary analysis of American culture in new essays written exclusively for this book by leading anthropologists. The new essays are set against the perspective of several renowned anthropologists (Malinowski, Eric Wolf, Marvin Harris, Marshall Sahlins, etc.) to offer a uniquely anthropological perspective on the most challenging issues of our time, from immigration to job exportation to the recent financial meltdown.
E. Paul Durrenberger is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. He has published more than 20 books and hundreds of articles related to his work in Thailand, Iceland, and the United States. Suzan Erem is a freelance Writer for unions and nonprofits and author of Labor Pains: Inside America's New Union Movement (Monthly Review Press 2001). They are coauthors of Anthropology Unbound: A Field Guide to the 21supst/sup Century. (Paradigm 2009) and Class Acts: An Anthropology of Service Workers and Their Union (Paradigm 2005).
Table of Contents
|Preface for Instructors||p. v|
|Introduction for Students||p. vii|
|The Early Paradigm on a Pacific Island: Excerpt from Argonauts of the Western Pacific||p. 2|
|How It Works in the Global World: Anthropologist-The Myth Teller||p. 21|
|Where Pacific Islanders Live: Residence Rules||p. 42|
|Anthropology Gets Religion: Cultural Ecology, Pantheism, and Paper Dolls among the Nahua People of Mexico||p. 57|
|Sacred Cows in India: The Myth of the Sacred Cow||p. 76|
|Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations among a New Guinea People||p. 81|
|The Importance of History|
|The Origin of Islam: The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam||p. 98|
|Community in Mexico and Indonesia: Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java||p. 124|
|Household to Firm in Iceland: Peasants, Entrepreneurs, and Companies: The Evolution of Icelandic Fishing||p. 140|
|The Development of Underdevelopment||p. 158|
|Power and Culture|
|Leaf of Paradise or Aid to Terrorism? Cultural Constructions of a Drug Called Khat||p. 172|
|Bordering Culture: The U.S.-Mexico Case||p. 189|
|Wealth Unbound: Corporate Capitalism and the Transformation of U.S. Culture||p. 202|
|Global Processes and Local Systems|
|Households and Gender Relations in Economic Development: A Central Anatolian Village||p. 220|
|Economists' Blind Spots: Field Stories of the Informal Economy among Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley||p. 233|
|Water, the Other Name of Life: South Asian Perspectives||p. 250|
|This Little Piggy Went to Market: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Effects of Changing Systems of Swine Production in Iowa||p. 266|
|Cooperatives in Japan: Japan's Worker Cooperative Movement into the Twenty-First Century||p. 285|
|Where Do Individuals Fit?|
|Responses to Tourism in Indonesia: Ethnic Tourism and the Renegotiation of Tradition in Tana Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia)||p. 306|
|The SimsÍ Meet Anthropology: The Use of Computer Simulation to Harness Social Complexity||p. 319|
|About the Editors and Contributors||p. 335|
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