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Cultural Anthropology

0130455458


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Book Description
Cultural Anthropology is the only book that integrates the important issues of globalization and culture change in every chapter as it introduces students to the concepts and methods that anthropologists bring to the study of cross-cultural diversity. Nancy Bonvillain, a best-selling author in linguistics, gender and Native American studies, has written an introductory textbook that encourages students to see what is going on in the world and how it affects cultures.  By presenting extended examples from a variety of cultures and incorporating the voices of these peoples, she brings the study of cultural anthropology to life, so that students may come to understand the global processes that affect us all. 


Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond
0393317552
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization...


Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, New Edition
Jared Diamond
0393061310
July 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds...


Cultural Anthropology : The Human Challenge (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
William A. Haviland, et al
0534624871
July 21, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Comprehensive, readable and written for the student, Haviland/Prins/Walwrath/McBride's market-leading text, CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, is a highly relevant, high-quality teaching tool. The narrative voice of the text has been thoroughly internationalized and the "we:they" Western voice has been replaced with an inclusive one that will resonate with both Western and non-Western students and professors. In addition, gender, ethnicity, and stratification concepts and terminologies have been completely overhauled in accordance with contemporary thinking and the narrative streamlined using more fully developed, balanced, and global examples. In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, the authors present students with examples of "local responses" to challenging globalization issues, designed to provide students with a "cross-cultural survival...


Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Frank McCourt
068484267X
May 1999
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Book Review
"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood," writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to recent Irish immigrants Malachy and Angela McCourt, Frank grew up in Limerick after his parents returned to Ireland because of poor prospects in America. It turns out that prospects weren't so great back in the old country either--not with Malachy for a father. A chronically unemployed and nearly unemployable alcoholic, he appears to be the model on which many of our more insulting cliches about drunken Irish manhood are based. Mix in abject poverty and frequent death and illness and you have all the makings of a truly...


Land Between the Rivers
Paul Poston
1889893307
Feb 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Starkly honest yet humorous tales of life as a sharecropper in South Carolina from the depression through WWII.


Cultural Anthropology : An Applied Perspective (with InfoTrac)
Gary Ferraro
0495030392
March 28, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE goes beyond the basic outline of introductory materials by applying the theories, insights, and methods of cultural anthropology to those situations that students are likely to encounter in their personal and professional lives. Through Ferraro's engaging narrative and wealth of modern examples, readers come to understand what they can do with anthropology today. With its comparative approach to the study of cultural, CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY provides a comprehensive and ideal overview of the discipline.

About the Author
Gary Ferraro, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, received his BA in history from Hamilton College and his MA and PhD degrees from Syracuse University. He has been a...


People of Florida
Bob Knotts
1403405654
Aug 2002
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Tis: A Memoir
Frank McCourt
0684865742
August 2000
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Book Review
The sequel to Frank McCourt's memoir of his Irish Catholic boyhood, Angela's Ashes, picks up the story in October 1949, upon his arrival in America. Though he was born in New York, the family had returned to Ireland due to poor prospects in the United States. Now back on American soil, this awkward 19-year-old, with his "pimply face, sore eyes, and bad teeth," has little in common with the healthy, self-assured college students he sees on the subway and dreams of joining in the classroom. Initially, his American experience is as harrowing as his impoverished youth in Ireland, including two of the grimmest Christmases ever described in literature. McCourt views the U.S. through the same sharp eye and with the same dark humor that distinguished his first memoir: race prejudice, casual cruelty, and dead-end jobs weigh on his...


Research Methods in Anthropology : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Fourth Edition
H. Russell Bernard
0759108692
December 28, 2005
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Book Description
Research Methods in Anthropology is the standard textbook for methods classes in anthropology. Written in Russ Bernards unmistakable conversational style, his guide has launched tens of thousands of students into the fieldwork enterprise with a combination of rigorous methodology, wry humor, and commonsense advice. The author has thoroughly updated this new fourth edition. Whether you are coming from a scientific, interpretive, or applied anthropological tradition, you will learn field methods from the best guide in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Visit our website for sample chapters!


How People Live
Dena Freeman
0789498677
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6--This contemporary and very appealing cultural atlas is akin to visiting a particularly well-designed museum exhibit about the people of the world. Though by her own admission there are far too many groups to fit into one book, Freeman makes a valiant effort to include as many as is practical and still keep the book to a manageable size, which is not an easy task. Hundreds of vibrant color photographs interspersed with short paragraphs of text describe all manner of cultural events and artifacts from every corner of the globe. The book is organized by continent, with each section introduced with a general description of the inhabitants, a political map, and abbreviated tables of pertinent statistics on such topics as language, population, and religion. Each introduction is followed by several...


The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
J. Maarten Troost
0767915305
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
At 26, Troost followed his wife to Kiribati, a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. Virtually ignored by the rest of humanity (its erstwhile colonial owners, the Brits, left in 1979), Kiribati is the kind of place where dolphins frolic in lagoons, days end with glorious sunsets and airplanes might have to circle overhead because pigs occupy the island's sole runway. Troost's wife was working for an international nonprofit; the author himself planned to hang out and maybe write a literary masterpiece. But Kiribati wasn't quite paradise. It was polluted, overpopulated and scorchingly sunny (Troost could almost feel his freckles mutating into something "interesting and tumorous"). The villages overflowed with scavengers and recently introduced, nonbiodegradable trash. And the Kiribati people seemed excessively...


Conformity and Conflict : Readings in Cultural Anthropology (12th Edition)
James Spradley, David W. McCurdy
0205449700
May 24, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
An ideal complement to standard anthropology texts or a stand-alone text/reader, Conformity and Conflict continues to offer an in-depth look at anthropology as a powerful way to study human behavior and events. The articles included in this reader cover a broad range of theoretical perspectives and demonstrate basic anthropological concepts. Focus on the current concerns in both anthropology and American society shapes the Twelfth Edition, including globalization, the study of women's lives, race and ethnicity, and the practical applications of anthropology and the ways it leads to everyday careers. Highlights of the Twelfth Edition: The revised contents reflect the suggestions of Conformity and Conflict users. Thirty percent of the readings are either revised or entirely new to this edition. Nine new articles...


Nigeria the People
Bobbie Kalman
0865053286
Oct 2000
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Book Description
Archaeologists have traced the long history of the people of Nigeria back 2000 years. This new book details its people from the early powerful kingdoms to enslavement and colonization by the Europeans to independence. Candid photographs help show what life is like today at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the cities and villages.

About the Author
Originally an actor, Anne studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, and went on to perform with such companies as Theatre Beyond Words and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. After spending several years singing and dancing her way across North America, she turned to writing children's literature, indulging a lifelong love of children's books. Now a freelance writer and editor, Anne lives in...


Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Frank McCourt
0684874350
September 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood," writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to recent Irish immigrants Malachy and Angela McCourt, Frank grew up in Limerick after his parents returned to Ireland because of poor prospects in America. It turns out that prospects weren't so great back in the old country either--not with Malachy for a father. A chronically unemployed and nearly unemployable alcoholic, he appears to be the model on which many of our more insulting cliches about drunken Irish manhood are based. Mix in abject poverty and frequent death and illness and you have all the makings of a truly...


The Ethnographic Interview
Spradley
0030444969
April 3, 1979
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Tribal Asia
Robert Schmid
0500542856
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
A stunning, large-format, photographic documentation of Asia's little-known tribal peoples. The peoples of tribal Asia and their customs can only be understood when we try to see the world through their eyes. Living in harmony with nature, they survive even in the most isolated regions, withstanding both the pressures of encroaching civilization and the destruction of their natural environment. The amazing variety in their clothing, jewelry, body painting, and other forms of personal adornment may reflect social status, keep away bad luck, or bring people closer to their gods or ancestors. Over fifteen years and many expeditions, Robert Schmid and Fritz Trupp have documented the customs and cultures of the forgotten tribes of Asia, from the Bedouins of southern Arabia to the nomadic Tsaatan of the Russian tundra,...


Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob
Dick Lehr
0060959258
June 2001
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Book Review
In the spring of 1988, Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill set out to write the story of two infamous brothers from the insular Irish enclave of South Boston: Jim "Whitey" Bulger and his younger brother Billy. Whitey was the city's most powerful gangster and a living legend--tough, cunning, without conscience, and above all, smart. Billy, president of the state Senate, was a political heavyweight in Massachusetts. These facts alone make for an intriguing story, but as Lehr and O'Neill found out, this was only the beginning.

John Connolly, a rising FBI agent and fellow "Southie," had known the Bulgers since boyhood when Whitey rescued him from a playground fight. After investigating organized crime in New York, Connolly was reassigned to the bureau's Boston office in 1975, and was determined to make a...



African Ark
Graham Hancock
0810919028
Sept 1990
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Two talented photographers focus on the Horn of Africa--an "ark" that shelters an astonishing variety of landscapes and human societies. Starting with the Christian Amharas of Lalibela and Axum and the Falashas of Lake Tana, they complete an arc that takes them to the seacoast of Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia, as far south as Lamu in Kenya, and finally to the remote peoples of the Southeast who still engage in stick fighting, body painting, scarification and the wearing of lip plates. Other handsome peoples they depict include the desert-dwelling Afar, Beja and Rashaida, the Somali nomads of Ogaden and the ecstatic Oromo (formerly Galla) pilgrims of the Bale Mountains. As in Beckwith and Fisher's previous, award-winning books ( Maasai and Nomads of the Niger ), their magnificent color photos (240 of them here)...


Outline of a Theory of Practice (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)
Pierre Bourdieu, et al
052129164X
June 2, 1977
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Book Description
A translation of the study in which Bourdieu develops the theory for his empirical work, based on fieldwork in Kabylia, Algeria.

Review
'[Outline of a theory of practice] can be highly recommended as a complex and often beautifully written piece of philosophical literature.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'Few bodies of work are so systematic, so comprehensive, so creative, so fertile as Bourdieu's. Few theorists glide so adroitly between levels and styles of analysis, and few reach so keenly to the heart of so many analytic issues.' American Journal of Sociology

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Race Matters
Cornel West
0679749861
January 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
West's collection of eight cogent and profoundly moral essays on American race relations was a one-week PW bestseller. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
YA-Thought-provoking essays that address a number of controversial issues of concern to African Americans. West analyzes such subjects as nihilism in black America, the crisis of black leadership, affirmative action, black-Jewish relations, sexuality, and the legacy of Malcolm X. His writing style is scholarly and sparse-he does not waste words, and his prose is easy to read. Yet his viewpoints are radical and passionately felt. He is not afraid to speak frankly and, while he presents many criticisms, he also offers many solutions. Not everyone will agree with his point of view,...


Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
Louise Riotte
1580170277
September 2003
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Amazon.com
This gardening classic was first published in 1975, and now a second generation of gardeners who prefer pest-resistant planning to chemicals will find a place for it on the shelves. Not only does it tell what to plant with what, but also how to use herbal sprays to control insects, what wild plants to encourage in the garden, how to grow fruit and nut trees, how to start small plots or window-box gardens, and much more. It's one of the most practical books around for any gardener of edibles, no matter how serious or casual.

Oklahoma Today
"If you want to know whether...to plant onions between cabbage plants, this is the place to look."

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Countries and Their Cultures
Macmillan Publishing
0028649508
May 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Like the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Cultures (Macmillan, 1996), the four-volume Countries and Their Cultures is based on the collection of ethnographic information known as the Human Relations Area Files based at Yale University. Unlike World Cultures, which is organized by culture, the new work is organized by country. 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. The 225 entries are between ten and 20 pages long and read like a cross between a well-written encyclopedia article, a travel guide, and a social science essay. They provide a good general overview of a country without greatly oversimplifying or distorting. All entries have the same structure, with sections...


Writing Up Qualitative Research (Qualitative Research Methods)
Harry F. Wolcott
0803937938
August 1, 1990
Paperback
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Review
"Written in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, Writing up Qualitative Research is useful and interesting and will be an important aid to graduate students working in their dissertations. It will also enable recent doctorates who accept university prositions to advance in their profession through writing and publishing." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
"I believe Wolcott has achieved his purpose admirably. . . Writing Up Qualitative Research contains many useful suggestions to help both the novice and the experienced writer. . . . If you follow the suggestions in the book, you will get your own work written and it will be well written." --Madelaine Ramey in Evaluation Practice "I have just finished a qualitative...


Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Nathaniel Philbrick
0641681348

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Supplement
MacMillan Reference
0028656717
Apr 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This supplement has entries for cultures not included in the 10-volume Encyclopedia of World Cultures (Macmillan, 1991-96) as well as entries that have been updated and expanded. RBB
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Interpretation of Cultures (Basic Books Classics)
Clifford Geertz
0465097197
January 2000
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Elizabeth Colson, Contemporary Sociology
"Clifford Geertz...is one of the most original and stimulating anthropologists of his generations....Geertz writes of issues that touch us all: The meaning of life and death...The problems of coping with a social order, the need to make sense out of it all....[He] also writes with style, verve, learning, and intelligence."

Book Description
Classic essays by one of the most original and stimulating anthropologists of his generation on what culture is, what role it plays in social life, and how it ought to be properly studied.


Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective (5th Edition)
Raymond Scupin
0130979546
July 23, 2002
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Book Description
This book serves as a useful introduction of cultural anthropology by integrating ethnographic material from around the world. By drawing upon classic and recent research in the field, it reflects current state-of-the-art understandings of social and cultural changes based on the interrelationships among different societies. The book demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, yet at the same time reveals similarities in humans everywhere. A six-part organization covers: basic concepts in anthropology, basic concepts of culture and society, prestate societies, state societies, consequences of globalization, and anthropology and the global future. For individuals interested in assessing anthropological explanations to better understand humanity.

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