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Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 3rd Edition

  • Gary Ferraro Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • ISBN-10: 1111297924  |  ISBN-13: 9781111297923
  • 144 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2004
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

Practical and insightful, CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Third Edition, is a concise and accessible reader that presents a core selection of historical and contemporary works. Carefully edited by established author Dr. Gary Ferraro, this edition includes five new classic readings from the disciplines of cultural anthropology and linguistics. Readings are organized around eight topics that closely mirror most introductory textbooks and are selected from scholarly works on the basis of their enduring themes and contributions to the discipline. These eminently relevant selections allow students to further explore anthropological perspectives on such key topics as culture; language and communication; ecology and economics; marriage and family; gender; politics and social control; supernatural beliefs; and issues of culture change. The text also addresses pressing topics such as globalization, ethnic violence, and environmental issues. CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Third Edition, delivers an excellent introduction to the field of anthropology and the contributions it makes to understanding the world around us.

Features and Benefits

  • Expanded coverage of “culture change” includes important work on aspects of globalization, ethnic violence, religious fundamentalism, and environment and resource concerns.
  • Reflecting the current cultural climate, the text offers invaluable insight on such hot topics as globalization, the Middle East, religious fundamentalism, ethnic violence, and environmental issues.
  • This inexpensive, concise reader presents classic articles from key historical and contemporary works that have been instrumental in shaping anthropological thought and research over the past few decades.
  • The book begins with an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology and the contributions made to research, followed by readings grouped under eight key concept areas taught in the introductory course: Perspectives on Culture; Language and Communication; Economics and Ecology; Marriage and the Family; Gender; Politics and Social Control; Supernatural Beliefs; and Culture Change.
  • Articles include a brief introduction written by Dr. Ferraro to present the reading/author and identify key issues raised, and conclude with discussion questions, and Internet resources and exercises.
  • Serving as a guide to using the classic readings, a quick-reference grid highlights which readings are relevant to key topic areas typically taught in cultural anthropology.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Introduction.
Part I: PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURE.
1. Horace Miner, “Body Ritual among the Nacirema.”
2. Roger M. Keesing, “Not a Real Fish: The Ethnographer as Inside Outsider.”
Part II: Language and Communication.
3. Deborah Tannen, “Rapport-talk and Report-talk.”
4. Edward T. Hall and Mildred Reed Hall, “The Sounds of Silence.”
Part III: Economics and Ecology.
5. Jared Diamond, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race.”
6. Gerald F. Murray, “The Domestication of Wood in Haiti.”
Part IV: Marriage and Family.
7. Serena Nanda, “Arranging a Marriage in India.”
8. Nancy Scheper-Hughes, “Death without Weeping.”
Part V: Gender.
9. Ernestine Friedl, “Society and Sex Roles.”
10. Marjorie Shostak, “Women and Men in Kung Society.”
Part VI: Politics and Social Control.
11. James L. Gibbs, Jr., “The Kpelle Moot.”
12. Richard Scaglion, “Customary Law Development in Papua New Guinea.”
Part VII: Supernatural Beliefs.
13. E. E. Evans-Pritchard, “The Notion of Witchcraft Explain Unfortunate Events.”
14. George Gmelch, “Baseball Magic.”
Part VIII: Culture Change.
15. John H. Bodley, “The Price of Progress,”
16. Inge Bolin, “The Glaciers of the Andes are Melting: Indigenous and Anthropological Knowledge Merge in Restoring Water Resources.”

What's New

  • In a very personal account of his own fieldwork, Roger Keesing speaks candidly about the enormous difficulty (perhaps impossibility) of gaining a true “insider” appreciation of a culture different from one’s own.
  • Despite the fact that the introduction of plant and animal domestication 10,000 years ago was an absolute prerequisite for the rise of civilization, Jared Diamond takes the counterintuitive position that agriculture was the most harmful development in the history of humankind.
  • In a classic example of applied legal anthropology, Richard Scaglion describes how his collection of customary law in Papua New Guinea served as the basis for the development of a nationwide legal system in the immediate post independence period.
  • The piece by John Bodley, brought back from the first edition, challenges the assumption that development programs in such areas as public health, education, agricultural productivity, and economic development always have positive consequences for the people they are intended to help.
  • Environment anthropologist Inge Bolin shows us how the Quechua people of the Peruvian Andes, faced with severe water shortages due to the rapid disappearance of the local glaciers, are coping by reintroducing ancient Incan water conservation practices such as terracing and irrigation canals.

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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Anthropology Resource Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495394548 | ISBN-13: 9780495394549)

This hands-on online center offers a wealth of information and useful tools for both instructors and students in all four fields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. It includes interactive maps, learning modules, video exercises, and breaking news in anthropology.

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Student Supplements

Anthropology Resource Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495394548 | ISBN-13: 9780495394549)

This hands-on interactive learning resource reinforces key concepts in the four main fields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Experience the fun of learning with dynamic exercises and contemporary video clips with critical-thinking questions. Use the learning modules, map exercises, the latest breaking news and interactive exercises to help you prepare for exams and conduct research for papers.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Gary Ferraro

Gary Ferraro is an applied anthropologist who conducted research for extended periods of time in Kenya and Swaziland. He has served as a consultant/cross-cultural trainer for large organizations (USAID, the Peace Corps, the World Bank) and large international corporations such as IBM and G.E. Plastics. He currently works with businesses to help them cope with cultural differences at home and abroad.