An Introduction to Social Anthropology

Sharing Our Worlds

Author: Joy Hendry

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 1137431555

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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An Introduction to Social Anthropology opens up the field of social and cultural anthropology, demonstrating its value for building an understanding of the vast diversity of human societies and cultures that make up the world today. Without assuming any prior knowledge, the book gradually leads the reader from some of the discipline's earliest foundational approaches and theories, through the fundamental areas that make up contemporary anthropology. Taking a truly global and holistic view, it includes case studies from far away as well as closer to home, wherever you might be reading it, touching on a range of topics that both divide and connect us, such as family, marriage and religion. This third edition closes with a new chapter discussing the role of social and cultural anthropologists and the specific methods they use in a fast-changing world. This is an inviting, engaging and enjoyable text that aims to smooth the journey for new or prospective anthropology students seeking to better understand the discipline and its roots. Offering illustrations, plentiful further readings and films, first-hand accounts of people across the world, and a number of thorny topics for reflection, the book makes an ideal text for sharing and discussing in the classroom too.

Other People's Worlds

An Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology

Author: Joy Hendry

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780814736029

Category: Social Science

Page: 249

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Other People's Worlds offers the perfect introduction to cultural and social anthropology for anyone approaching the subject for the first time. Hendry introduces classic theoretical ideas of the key founders of cultural and social anthropology, placing them in their historical and geographical context. Carefully structured so that one chapter builds on the next, Other People's Worlds covers the core topics in an even-handed and illuminating manner, introducing the reader to divergent views on all the most basic subjects-food, hygiene, gift-exchange, rites of passage, symbolism, religion, politics, and the environment-and raising awareness of the emotional value people place on those views. Covering a wide array of countries, it brings the subject of cultural and social anthropology right into the neighborhood of the reader, wherever they are in the world. Combining an abundance of references and further readings for the serious student with an immensely readable and engaging writing style, Other People's Worlds offers a compelling introduction to an enigmatic and exciting subject, drawing out its relevance and value for the complex multicultural world in which we live.

Entangled Subjects

Indigenous/Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text, and Modernity

Author: Michèle Grossman

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401209138

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 350

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Indigenous Australian cultures were long known to the world mainly from the writing of anthropologists, ethnographers, historians, missionaries, and others. Indigenous Australians themselves have worked across a range of genres to challenge and reconfigure this textual legacy, so that they are now strongly represented through their own life-narratives of identity, history, politics, and culture. Even as Indigenous-authored texts have opened up new horizons of engagement with Aboriginal knowledge and representation, however, the textual politics of some of these narratives – particularly when cross-culturally produced or edited – can remain haunted by colonially grounded assumptions about orality and literacy. Through an examination of key moments in the theorizing of orality and literacy and key texts in cross-culturally produced Indigenous life-writing, Entangled Subjects explores how some of these works can sustain, rather than trouble, the frontier zone established by modernity in relation to ‘talk’ and ‘text’. Yet contemporary Indigenous vernaculars offer radical new approaches to how we might move beyond the orality–literacy ‘frontier’, and how modernity and the a-modern are Productively entangled in the process.

Humanity: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Author: James Peoples,Garrick Bailey

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1337515809

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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HUMANITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Eleventh Edition, offers a solid framework centered on globalization and culture change. The text's engaging narrative provides new ways of looking at many of the challenges facing the world in this century, as students examine ethnic conflicts, globalization of culture and language, recent debates about gay marriage, increasing inequalities, population growth, hunger, and the survival of indigenous cultures. Throughout this highly acclaimed work, Peoples and Bailey explore the diversity of humanity and clearly demonstrate why an appreciation and tolerance of cultural differences is critical today. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Sharing Our Worlds

An Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology

Author: Joy Hendry

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814737110

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Women today are being instructed on how they can raise their self-esteem, love their inner child, survive their toxic families, overcome codependency, and experience a revolution from within. By holding up the ideal of a pure and happy inner core, psychotherapists refuse to acknowledge that a certain degree of unhappiness or dissatisfaction is a routine part of life and not necessarily a cause for therapy. Lesbians specifically are now guided to define themselves according to their frailties, inadequacies, and insecurities. An incisive critique of contemporary feminist psychology and therapy, Changing our Minds argues not just that the current practice of psychology is flawed, but that the whole idea of psychology runs counter to many tenets of lesbian feminist politics. Recognizing that many lesbians do feel unhappy and experience a range of problems that detract from their well-being, Changing Our Minds makes positive, prescriptive suggestions for non-psychological ways of understanding and dealing with emotional distress. Written in a lively and engaging style, Changing our Minds is required reading for anyone who has ever been in therapy or is close to someone who has, and for lesbians, feminists, psychologists, psychotherapists, students of psychology and women's studies, and anyone with an interest in the development of lesbian feminist theory, ethics, and practice.

Working Images

Visual Research and Representation in Ethnography

Author: Ana Isabel Alfonso,Laszlo Kurti,Sarah Pink

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134401345

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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Visual methods such as drawing, painting, video, photography and hypermedia offer increasingly accessible and popular resources for ethnographic research. In Working Images, prominent visual anthropologists and artists explore how old and new visual media can be integrated into contemporary forms of research and representation. Drawing upon projects undertaken both 'at home' in their native countries and abroad in locations such as Ethopia and Venezuela, the book's contributors demonstrate how visual methods are used in the field, and how these methods can produce and communicate knowledge about our own and other cultures. As well as focusing on key issues such as ethics and the relationship between word and image, they emphasize the huge range of visual methods currently opening up new possibilities for field research, from cartoons and graphic art to new media such as digital video and online technologies.

The Community of the Weak

Social Postmodernism in Theological Reflections on Power and Powerlessness in North America

Author: Hans-Peter Geiser

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621896110

Category: Religion

Page: 554

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Annotation Social postmodernism and systematic theology can be considered the new pair in some of the most creative discussions on the future of theological method on a global scale. Both in the academy and in the public square, as well as in the manifold local and pastoral moments of ministry and community social activism, the social, the postmodern, and the theological intermingle in engaging and border-crossing ways. The Community of the Weak presents a new kind of fundamental theology with a postmodern touch, using jazz as a metaphor, writing ethnographically out of the personal windows of lived experiences, combining fragments of autobiography with theological reconstruction. A comparative perspective on North American and European developments in contemporary systematic theology serves as a hermeneutical horizon to juxtapose two continents in their very different contexts. The author proposes a systematic and fundamental theology that is more jazzy, global, and narrative, deeply embedded in pastoral ministry to tell its postmodern story. Book jacket.

Social Identities Aross Life Course

Author: Jennifer Lorna Hockey,Allison James

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1403913994

Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Page: 241

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This text brings together sociological, anthropological and social policy perspectives on the life course with a view to developing the conceptual rigour of the term as well as to exploring the rich range of debates and issues it encompasses. Linking traditional sociological and anthropological concerns with more recent postmodern debates centred on the self, identity and time, the book integrates theoretical debates about childhood, youth, middle age and later life with empirical material in an illuminating and innovative way.

Kinship

An Introduction to the Basic Concepts

Author: David Parkin

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631203599

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This book is an introduction to the social anthropology of kinship - to the ways in which the peoples of different cultures marry and relate to each other within and outside the family.

Essentials of Cultural Anthropology

Author: Garrick Bailey,James Peoples

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0840032757

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Now featuring a full-color design, this brief, more affordable version of Peoples and Bailey’s HUMANITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 8th Edition (2009) provides a solid option for instructors who wish to adopt a core text along with supplemental texts such as readers and ethnographies. The text shares, in a briefer format, the same rich characteristics that made HUMANITY a best-seller over the years: strong scholarship, rich ethnographic examples and a unique focus on modern ethnicity and the survival of indigenous peoples. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Other Cultures

Aims, Methods and Achievements in Social Anthropology

Author: John H.M. Beattie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113494909X

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Other Cultures provides a lucid introduction to social anthropology. The author devotes the first part of the book to a consideration of what social anthropology is and seeks to do, what areas it covers, and the methods of investigation employed by social anthropologists. The second part discusses the major categories of research through which social anthropologies have advanced our knowledge of other cultures. These include marriage, kinship, political organization, law, economic and property relations, magic, religion, and social change. The final chapter surveys some of the contributions social anthropology has made to the understanding of other cultures. A short reading list follows each chapter.

Native anthropology

the Japanese challenge to western academic hegemony

Author: Takami Kuwayama

Publisher: Trans Pacific Press

ISBN: 9781876843823

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

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The Japanese are anthropological natives in the sense that although they have long been objects of Western representation, their voices have seldom been heard by those at the center. Examining the frequent neglect of Japanese scholarship on Japan by Japanologists in the Anglophone community, this study reveals the global power dynamics involved in the academic world system.

The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Author: Harriet Joseph Ottenheimer,Judith M.S. Pine

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1337571008

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF LANGUAGE: AN INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY is an introduction to the field's methodology, skills, techniques, tools and applications that emphasizes questions that anthropologists ask about language and that intrigue students. This authoritative yet approachable fourth edition combines the key areas of linguistic anthropology, addressing issues of power, race, gender and class throughout. Further stressing the everyday relevance of the content, authors Ottenheimer and Pine include In the Field vignettes that draw students into the chapter material via stories culled from their own and others' experiences. And Doing Linguistic Anthropology and Cross-Language Miscommunication features describe real-life applications of core concepts. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Africa

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Africa

Page: N.A

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Includes Proceedings of the Executive council and List of members, also section "Review of books".

Challenges for anthropology in the 'African Renaissance'

a Southern African contribution

Author: Debie LeBeau,Robert J. Gordon,Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa

Publisher: Univ. of Namibia Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 317

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Anthropology, having progressed from being a colonial exercise to a post-colonial tool for intellectual rebirth, and with its central concern with culture and its fieldwork-based approach, must be central to the dialogue about Africa's future. This volume proceeds from a conference of the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa to assess the state, status and future of anthropology in Southern Africa. It is inspired by the concept of the African Renaissance coined by Thabo Mbeki, and his implied intellectual call to arms to face problems within the African continent by using African ideals, institutions and intelligentsia; and in its diverse responses it is an effort to strengthen the movement. The essays are grouped into sections on: rethinking anthropology; the reinvention of culture and tradition; perspectives on gender and youth; the place of anthropology in development; and land, space and landscapes. Particular weight is given to medical anthropology, and anthropology with applications for development.

Anthropological Realities

Readings in the Science of Culture

Author: Jeanne Guillemin

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412817295

Category: Social Science

Page: 509

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The perspective of social anthropology is broadening to include the changing realities of both traditional and modern people. Anthropologists such as Oscar Lewis, Marvin Harris, Margaret Mead, Frederick Barth, and others represented in this volume apply comparative analysis to a wide spectrum of human groups--from urban villages to nomadic tribesmen. Anthropological Realities offers an up-to-date introduction to the standard areas of language, ritual, politics, and economics. In addition, special focus is given to the most current trends in field research. Essays on urbanization, Third World development, ethnicity, and professional ethics provide complte coverage of anthropology today. Jeanne Guillemin is associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Boston College.

Indigenous religions

a companion

Author: Graham Harvey

Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

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Indigenous religions are the majority of the world's religions. This Companion shows how much they can contribute to a richer understanding of human identity, action, and relationships.An international team of contributors discuss representative indigenous religions from all continents. The book is in three parts--Persons, Powers, and Gifts.Relevant to everyone interested in human religiosity today.

The Orient strikes back

a global view of cultural display

Author: Joy Hendry

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 257

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At the turn of the 20th Century, Japanese 'villages' and their exotic occupants delighted and mystified visitors to the Great Exhibitions and Worlds' Fairs . At the beginning of the 21st Century, Japanese tourists have reversed the gaze and now may visit a range of European 'countries', as well as several other cultural worlds, without ever leaving the shores of Japan. This book suggests that these and other exciting Asian theme parks pose a challenge to Western notions of leisure, education, and entertainment. Is this a case of reverse orientalism? Or is it simply a commercial follow-up on the success of Tokyo Disneyland? Is it an appropriation by one rich nation of a whole world of cultural delights from the countries that have influenced its twentieth-century success? Can the parks be seen as political statements about the heritage on which Japan now draws so freely? Or are they new forms of ethnographic museum? Examining Japanese parks in the context of a variety of historical examples of cultural display in Europe, the U.S. and Australia, as well as other Asian examples, the author calls into question the too easy adoption of postmodern theory as an ethnocentrically Western phenomenon and clearly shows that Japan has given theme parks an entirely new mode of interpretation.