Paradigms for Anthropology : An Ethnographic Reader

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-30
  • Publisher: Paradigm Pub

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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.

Author Biography

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 Instructorsp. v
Introduction for Studentsp. vii
The Early Paradigm on a Pacific Island: Excerpt from Argonauts of the Western Pacificp. 2
How It Works in the Global World: Anthropologist-The Myth Tellerp. 21
Cultural Codes
Where Pacific Islanders Live: Residence Rulesp. 42
Anthropology Gets Religion: Cultural Ecology, Pantheism, and Paper Dolls among the Nahua People of Mexicop. 57
Explaining Cultures
Sacred Cows in India: The Myth of the Sacred Cowp. 76
Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations among a New Guinea Peoplep. 81
The Importance of History
The Origin of Islam: The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islamp. 98
Community in Mexico and Indonesia: Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Javap. 124
Household to Firm in Iceland: Peasants, Entrepreneurs, and Companies: The Evolution of Icelandic Fishingp. 140
The Development of Underdevelopmentp. 158
Power and Culture
Leaf of Paradise or Aid to Terrorism? Cultural Constructions of a Drug Called Khatp. 172
Bordering Culture: The U.S.-Mexico Casep. 189
Wealth Unbound: Corporate Capitalism and the Transformation of U.S. Culturep. 202
Global Processes and Local Systems
Households and Gender Relations in Economic Development: A Central Anatolian Villagep. 220
Economists' Blind Spots: Field Stories of the Informal Economy among Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valleyp. 233
Water, the Other Name of Life: South Asian Perspectivesp. 250
This Little Piggy Went to Market: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Effects of Changing Systems of Swine Production in Iowap. 266
Cooperatives in Japan: Japan's Worker Cooperative Movement into the Twenty-First Centuryp. 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 Complexityp. 319
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 335
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