Concepts of Culture

Art, Politics, and Society

Author: Adam Muller

Publisher: University of Calgary Press

ISBN: 1552381676

Category: Social Science

Page: 414

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How do we define 'culture?' In this volume, Adam Muller brings together contributions from established and emerging scholars in a number of different disciplines who each examine the concept of culture as it is understood and deployed within their respective fields.

American Anthropology, 1971-1995

Papers from the American Anthropologist

Author: Regna Darnell

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803266353

Category: Social Science

Page: 815

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American anthropology in the late twentieth century interrogated and depicted the worldsøof others, past and present, in subtle and incisive ways while increasingly questioning its own authority to do so. Marxist, symbolic, and structuralist thought shaped the fieldwork and conclusions of many researchers around the globe. Practicing anthropology blossomed and grew rapidly as a subdiscipline in its own right. There emerged a keener appreciation of both the history of the discipline and the histories of those studied. Archaeologists witnessed a resurgence of interest in the concept of culture. The American Anthropologist also made systematic efforts to represent the field as a whole, with biological anthropology and linguistics particularly adept at crossing subdiscipline boundaries. Proliferation of specialized areas within sociocultural anthropology encouraged work across the subdisciplines. The thirty selections in this volume reflect the notable trends and accomplishments in American anthropology during the closing decades of the millennium. An introduction by Regna Darnell offers a historical background and critical context that enable readers to better understand the changes and continuity in American anthropology during this time.

Rethinking Urban Parks

Public Space and Cultural Diversity

Author: Setha Low,Dana Taplin,Suzanne Scheld

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 029277821X

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Urban parks such as New York City's Central Park provide vital public spaces where city dwellers of all races and classes can mingle safely while enjoying a variety of recreations. By coming together in these relaxed settings, different groups become comfortable with each other, thereby strengthening their communities and the democratic fabric of society. But just the opposite happens when, by design or in ignorance, parks are made inhospitable to certain groups of people. This pathfinding book argues that cultural diversity should be a key goal in designing and maintaining urban parks. Using case studies of New York City's Prospect Park, Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, and Jacob Riis Park in the Gateway National Recreation Area, as well as New York's Ellis Island Bridge Proposal and Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park, the authors identify specific ways to promote, maintain, and manage cultural diversity in urban parks. They also uncover the factors that can limit park use, including historical interpretive materials that ignore the contributions of different ethnic groups, high entrance or access fees, park usage rules that restrict ethnic activities, and park "restorations" that focus only on historical or aesthetic values. With the wealth of data in this book, urban planners, park professionals, and all concerned citizens will have the tools to create and maintain public parks that serve the needs and interests of all the public.

Cultural Anthropology

Author: Paul G. Hiebert

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801042737

Category: Religion

Page: 500

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This introduction to the field of cultural anthropology from a Christian perspective exposes students to the excitement and significance of human history and culture.

An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Author: C. Nadia Seremetakis

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443891711

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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This book engages young scholars, teachers and students in a critical dialogue with past and present directions in cultural-historical studies. More particularly, it prepares prospective anthropologists, as well as readers interested in human cultures for understanding basic theoretical and methodological ethnographic principles and pursuing further what has been known as cultural anthropological perspectives. The book discusses key, field-based studies in the discipline and places them in dialogue with related studies in social history, linguistics, philosophy, literature, and photography, among others.

Evolutionism In Cultural Anthropology

A Critical History

Author: Robert L. Carneiro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429980302

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Examines the history of evolutionism in cultural anthropology, beginning with its roots in the 19th century, through the half-century of anti-evolutionism, to its reemergence in the 1950s, and the current perspectives on it today. No other book covers the subject so fully or over such a long period of time.. Evolutionism and Cultural Anthropology traces the interaction of evolutionary thought and anthropological theory from Herbert Spencer to the twenty-first century. It is a focused examination of how the idea of evolution has continued to provide anthropology with a master principle around which a vast body of data can be organized and synthesized. Erudite and readable, and quoting extensively from early theorists (such as Edward Tylor, Lewis Henry Morgan, John McLennan, Henry Maine, and James Frazer) so that the reader might judge them on the basis of their own words, Evolutionism and Cultural Anthropology is useful reading for courses in anthropological theory and the history of anthropology. 0813337666 Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology : a Critical History

Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Author: Alan Barnard,Jonathan Spencer,Professor of the Anthropology of South Asia Jonathan Spencer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135236410

Category: Reference

Page: 896

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Written by leading scholars in the field, this comprehensive and readable resource gives anthropology students a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline. The fully revised and expanded second edition reflects major changes in anthropology in the past decade.

Cultural Anthropology A Toolkit for a Global Age

Second Edition

Author: Kenneth J Guest

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393265005

Category: Social Science

Page: 800

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The Second Edition of Ken Guest's Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age covers the concepts that drive cultural anthropology by showing that now, more than ever, global forces affect local culture and the tools of cultural anthropology are relevant to living in a globalizing world.

Anthropology, Art, and Aesthetics

Author: Jeremy Coote,Anthony Shelton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198279457

Category: Mathematics

Page: 281

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Covering a wide geographical and cultural area, and containing many illustrations, this is the first collection of essays on anthropological approaches to art and aesthetics to be published for some time.

Ib Social and Cultural Anthropology

A Study and Test Preparation Guide

Author: Pamela S. Haley

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1627346058

Category:

Page: 82

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IB Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Study and Test Preparation Guide thoroughly prepares International Baccalaureate Social and Cultural Anthropology students for the IB Social and Cultural Anthropology Internal and External Examinations. This book will be helpful for both Standard and Higher Level IB students, although the Higher Level Internal Assessment is not addressed.

Cultural Anthropology

Tribes, States, and the Global System

Author: John H. Bodley

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442271906

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

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Cultural Anthropology provides students with the anthropological tools to question and understand their own culture and the world. Key updates for the sixth edition include a shorter length and more streamlined focus, China and Hindu South Asia combined into a single chapter, a new chapter assessing imperialism and the breakdown of states, and more.

Anthropology for Christian Witness

Author: Charles H. Kraft

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608332403

Category: Social Science

Page: 493

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"Anthropology for Christian Witness serves as a thorough, basic introduction to the study of anthropology that has been designed specifically for those who plan careers in mission or cross-cultural ministry. The work of Charles H. Kraft, author of the classic Christianity in Culture, and widely acknowledged as one of the foremost Evangelical missionary anthropologists, this new work represents the synthesis of a lifetime of teaching and study. Kraft treats the very basics, including theories of culture and society; an assessment of the various anthropological schools; kinship and family structure, and cross-cultural communication."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Talking about People

Readings in Contemporary Cultural Anthropology

Author: William A. Haviland,Robert J. Gordon,Luis Antonio Vivanco

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: 9780767405133

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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This is a supplementary reader for cultural anthropology courses, consisting entirely of contemporary articles that are global in both authorship and perspective. Recognizing the centrality of fieldwork to anthropological knowledge, this third edition includes essays that deal specifically with the nature and dilemmas of fieldwork. These essays, several of which have been commissioned especially for this volume, consider the changing status of the field, the nature of anthropological learning in the field, and ethical issues and dilemmas.

Introducing Cultural Anthropology

Author: Roberta Lenkeit

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

ISBN: 0077433025

Category: Electronic books

Page: 417

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Introducing Cultural Anthropology, a short yet comprehensive anchor text, is an approachable, full-color introduction to cultural anthropology. This edition continues to provide students with the opportunity to explore anthropology's relevance to their own lives. Unique opening vignettes draw students into each chapter while the rich visual program allows professors to use a brief text without sacrificing visual appeal. ""Try This"" exercises encourage students to think critically and apply anthropological concepts, perspectives and methods, and the ""Anthropology Around Us"" boxes focus on th.

Cultural Anthropology

Contemporary, Public and Critical Readings

Author: Keri Vacanti Brondo

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190253547

Category: Ethnology

Page: 528

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Cultural Anthropology: Contemporary, Public, and Critical Readings helps students think anthropologically by introducing core concepts through engaging case studies. The majority of selections are contemporary pieces from public, critical, and applied anthropology. These timely readings will generate discussion among students regarding the value of an anthropological perspective in the modern world. While the selections represent a range of geographic and cultural areas, the book includes a high number of U.S.-based fieldwork examples so that students are inspired to think anthropologically "in their own backyards." Several case studies offer examples of anthropology in action, and special features throughout the text profile anthropological application through news stories ("In the News") and interviews ("Anthropology in Practice").

European Anthropologies

Author: Andrés Barrera-González,Monica Heintz,Anna Horolets

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785336088

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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In what ways did Europeans interact with the diversity of people they encountered on other continents in the context of colonial expansion, and with the peasant or ethnic 'Other' at home? How did anthropologists and ethnologists make sense of the mosaic of people and societies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when their disciplines were progressively being established in academia? By assessing the diversity of European intellectual histories within sociocultural anthropology, this volume aims to sketch its intellectual and institutional portrait. It will be a useful reading for the students of anthropology, ethnology, history and philosophy of science, research and science policy makers.

Research Methods in Anthropology

Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Author: Harvey Russell Bernard

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 075911241X

Category: Social Science

Page: 666

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Research Methods in Anthropology is the standard textbook for methods classes in anthropology. Written in Russ Bernard's 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. 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.

Doing Health Anthropology

Research Methods for Community Assessment and Change

Author: Christie W. Kiefer, PhD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826115584

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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What is the relationship between health, human nature, and human needs? The impact of social change on communities? The processes by which communities confront and overcome their health problems? How do we study these health questions in new communities and become advocates for change? These are critical questions in confronting the social causes of ill health, yet many health students do not have the appropriate training in the anthropological methods and techniques that help answer them. Christie Kiefer has written Doing Health Anthropology to prompt students to enter the community already prepared in these methods so that they can accurately ask and solve these important questions themselves. Using this book as a guide, students learn to integrate cultural anthropology with health science and come to their own conclusions based on field research. The book includes common pitfalls to avoid when conducting interviews and observations, and ways to formulate and answer research questions, maintain field notes and other records, and correctly analyze qualitative data. With the help of this text, practitioners and students alike will be able to integrate cultural anthropology methods of research into their health science investigations and community health initiatives. For news and to learn more about how you can implement a community approach to building global health and social justice, visit

E.T. Culture

Anthropology in Outerspaces

Author: Debbora Battaglia

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822387018

Category: Social Science

Page: 293

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Anthropologists have long sought to engage and describe foreign or “alien” societies, yet few have considered the fluid communities centered around a shared belief in alien beings and UFO sightings and their effect on popular and expressive culture. Opening up a new frontier for anthropological study, the contributors to E.T. Culture take these communities seriously. They demonstrate that an E.T. orientation toward various forms of visitation—including alien beings, alien technologies, and uncanny visions—engages primary concepts underpinning anthropological research: host and visitor, home and away, subjectivity and objectivity. Taking the point of view of those who commit to sci-fi as sci-fact, contributors to this volume show how discussions and representations of otherworldly beings express concerns about racial and ethnic differences, the anxieties and fascination associated with modern technologies, and alienation from the inner workings of government. Drawing on social science, science studies, linguistics, popular and expressive culture, and social and intellectual history, the writers of E.T. Culture unsettle the boundaries of science, magic, and religion as well as those of technological and human agency. They consider the ways that sufferers of “unmarked” diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome come to feel alien to both the “healthy” world and the medical community incapable of treating them; the development of alien languages like Klingon; attempts to formulate a communications technology—such as that created for the spaceship Voyager—that will reach alien beings; the pilgrimage spirit of UFO seekers; the out-of-time experiences of Nobel scientists; the embrace of the alien within Japanese animation and fan culture; and the physical spirituality of the Raëlian religious network. Contributors. Debbora Battaglia, Richard Doyle, Joseph Dumit, Mizuko Ito, Susan Lepselter, Christopher Roth, David Samuels