Culture Sketches : Case Studies in Anthropology

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-04-21
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Ideal for any Cultural Anthropology course, this brief and inexpensive collection of ethnographic case studies introduces students to fifteen cultures and exposes them to ethnography without overwhelming them with excessive reading material. Each sketch, or chapter, was selected for its relevance to students and for its ability to reflect the basic concepts found in introductory courses. Each sketch concludes with critical thinking questions that enable students to test their understanding of how and why this mini-ethnography illuminates the anthropological theory presented in their textbook. All sketches follow a logical, consistent organization as they introduce students to major themes such as geography, myth creation, history, sociopolitical systems, and belief systems.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
WORLD MAP: Location of Cultures Numbered by Chapter xii
CHAPTER 1 The Azande: Witchcraft and Oracles in Africa 1(16)
CHAPTER 2 The Aztecs: Ancient Legacy, Modern Pride 17(20)
CHAPTER 3 The Basseri: Pastoral Nomads on the il-Rah 37(20)
CHAPTER 4 Haiti: A Nation in Turmoil 57(21)
CHAPTER 5 The Hmong: Struggle and Perseverance 78(19)
CHAPTER 6 The Jul'hoansi: Reciprocity and Sharing 97(20)
CHAPTER 7 The Kaluli: Story, Song, and Ceremony 117(19)
CHAPTER 8 The Kapauku: New Guinea "Capitalists"? 136(16)
CHAPTER 9 The Minangkabau: Merantau and Matriliny 152(16)
CHAPTER 10 The Nuer: Cattle and Kinship in Sudan 168(18)
CHAPTER 11 The Ojibwa: "The People" Endure 186(17)
CHAPTER 12 The Samoans: Matai and Migration 203(19)
CHAPTER 13 The Tiwi: Tradition in Australia 222(16)
CHAPTER 14 The Trobriand Islanders: The Power of Exchange 238(17)
CHAPTER 15 The Yanomamo: Challenges in the Rainforest 255(20)
References 275(7)
Index 282

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