Explorations in Cultural Anthropology

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-10
  • Publisher: Altamira Pr

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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


A collection of readings chosen to demonstrate the varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective to real-world problems on local, regional, and global scales. It provides students with a variety of ethnographic and other anthropological materials so they do not have to buy an array of titles.

Author Biography

Luke eric Lassiter is director of the graduate humanities program and professor of humanities and anthropology at Marshall University Graduate College. South Charleston, West Virginia. He is the author of Invitation to Anthropology and coeditor of The Other Side of Middletown, among other works.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 1
Body Ritual among the Naciremap. 5
Crack in Spanish Harlem: Culture and Economy in the Inner Cityp. 11
Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rightsp. 25
Fieldwork and Ethnography
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 37
Eating Christmas in the Kalaharip. 41
Reflections of a Shy Ethnographer: Foot-in-the-Mouth Is Not Fatalp. 49
Doing Collaborative Ethnographyp. 57
Getting a Livingp. 65
Language, Communication, and Expressive Culture
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 83
The Circlep. 89
Fighting for Our Livesp. 105
Body Art as Visual Languagep. 125
Socioeconomic and Political Systems in a Changing World
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 135
One Hundred Percent Americanp. 141
The Silk Road: The Making of a Global Cultural Economyp. 145
The Globalization of a Brazilian Fishing Communityp. 159
A Tribal Chair's Perspective on Inherent Sovereigntyp. 167
Race and Ethnicity
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 175
Scientific and Folk Ideas about Heredityp. 179
Melungeons and the Politics of Heritagep. 191
Inventing Hispanics: A Diverse Minority Resists Being Labeledp. 211
Gender and Sexuality
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 217
Different Words, Different Worldsp. 223
"Ladies" Behind Bars: A Liminal Gender as Cultural Mirrorp. 243
The Sworn Virgins of Albaniap. 251
Hijra and Sadhin: Neither Man nor Woman in Indiap. 259
Marriage, Family, and Kinship
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 275
Child-Rearing [in Middletown USA, circa 1929]p. 281
Gay Marriage and Anthropologyp. 301
When Brothers Share a Wifep. 305
Caveat Emptor?p. 313
Belief Systems
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 319
The Sacred Pipe in Modern Lifep. 325
Oh, Gods!p. 331
Folklore and Medicinep. 349
Applied and Future Anthropologies
Introduction and Discussion Questionsp. 363
Reflections on Collaboration, Ethnographic and Appliedp. 367
Studying College Students: Applying Anthropology to Teaching Anthropologyp. 379
Virtual Worlds and Futures of Anthropologyp. 387
Indexp. 395
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