eBook Countries and Their Cultures, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028658965
  • ISBN-13: 9780028658964
  • DDC: 306.03
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 2549 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2001 | Published/Released November 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2001
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Overview

What are the cultural similarities within a country that sets it apart from others? A team of anthropologists and social scientists have taken a close look at more than 200 countries to document the myriad ways in which culture -- every bit as much as geographic borders -- defines and separates the nations of the world. Using a standard entry format for easy comparison, each country's shared values, behaviors and cultural variations are surveyed -- from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts. This 4-vol. set is lavishly illustrated with more than 1,000 photographs and more than 200 maps.

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Reviews

"The similar sounding (and looking) Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (Gale, 1998) covers some of the same ground, but its arrangement like that of Encyclopedia of World Cultures [which is mentioned earlier], is based on cultural group rather than national boundary. Countries and Their Cultures complements both titles by offering a different perspective and is recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries."-- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin (October 1, 2001)

— Booklist

"This new work is arranged by 225 countries, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and the entries contrast what is characteristic of the country as a whole with what is unique to its ethnic groups. Besides the expected topics of religion and kinship, entries also cover history, politics, health care, and etiquette tips useful for travelers. Entries are written by social scientists and include good reference maps and photographs. Citations to books in the bibliographies omit publisher information. General readers and undergraduates." -- Choice (January 2002)

— Choice

"...This work's strength is that readers who know very little about a country can quickly obtain a good orientation to the major issues, history, and social structure of a nation...They provide a good general overview of a country without greatly oversimplifying or distorting...Recommended especially for libraries that do not own Encyclopedia of World Cultures." -- Library Journal (October 2001)

— Library Journal

"This new four-volume set from Macmillan Reference foregoes that familiar territory by turning its attention to the national cultures of 224 countries around the world, such as Scotland, Wales, Palestine, and Taiwan. ... The goal of the editors was to provide an "integrated, holistic description of the countries, not just facts." This approach has produced a resource that is interesting to browse as well as to consult for specific information. It will be a useful reference work for those wanting cultural and social background information on the nations of the world. It will also be useful for those who are comparing cultures for research purposes, for teachers developing curriculum materials, and, of course, for travelers who want an introduction to the way of life in any country." -- ARBA (2002)

— Library & Information Science Annual

"There are many reference resources that focus on providing an overview of the government, politics, economy, and similar categories, along with basic statistics for the nations of the world...This new four-volume set from Macmillan Reference foregoes that familiar territory by turning its attention to the national cultures of 224 countries around the world...The 200 social scientists who contributed to this set made a special effort to comment on the distinctive national culture of each nation--the common culture, its diversity, and ethnic subcultures and conflicts. The goal of the editors was to provide an 'integrated, holistic description of the countries, not just facts.' This approach has produced a resource that is interesting to browse as well as to consult for specific information. It will be a useful reference work for those wanting cultural and social background information on the nations of the world. It wil lalso be useful for those who are comparing cultures for research purposes, for teachers developing curriculum materials, and, of course, for travelers who want an introduction to the way of life in any country." -- ARBA (2002)

— ARBA