Invitation to Anthropology


Author: Luke E. Lassiter
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759111530
Category: Social Science
Page: 235
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Lassiter's accessible introduction to anthropology encourages students to evaluate its relevance in our increasingly complex world. Part I focuses on the underlying assumptions and concepts that have driven anthropological theory and practice since its modern inception. Part II explores cross-cultural human issues showing how anthropological studies offer relevant insight into human beings and valuable models for thinking and acting. Invitation to Anthropology is an ideal text for undergraduate students, easily supplemented with case studies in anthropology.

An Invitation to Anthropology

The Structure, Evolution and Cultural Identity of Human Societies
Author: Josep R. Llobera
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781571815972
Category: Social Science
Page: 262
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Synthesizing British, French and American traditions, this stimulating and accessible text presents a comprehensive and fascinating introduction to social and cultural anthropology. It offers an original approach through integrating knowledge produced from a variety of perspectives, placing cultural and social anthropology in a wider context including macro-sociological concepts and reference to biological evolution. Written in a clear and concise style, it conveys to the student the complexities of a discipline focusing on the structure, evolution and cultural identity of human societies up to the present day. The text consists of four major parts: the scope and method of anthropology, a conceptual and institutional overview, the evolution of the structure of human societies, and the cultural politics of race, ethnicity, nationalism and multiculturalism.

Invitation to Social and Cultural Anthropology


Author: K. N. Dash
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
ISBN: 9788126903238
Category: Anthropology
Page: 421
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Invitation To Social And Cultural Anthropology Is Highly Useful Book For The Students At Degree Level Of Different Universities And Civil Service Examinees. Keeping In View The Requirements Of Students Of Both The Categories, The Book Includes Some Special Topics Like Fieldwork, Tribal Situation In India, And Problems Of Tribals And Tribal Welfare In India Besides The Traditional Topics Of Social And Cultural Anthropology. This Would Provide The Readers With A Helpful Frame Of Reference. All Possible Attempts Have Been Made To Cite The Examples From Vast Materials Of Indian Ethnographic Data To Help The Students To Develop A Clear Perception On The Indian Anthropology. The Uniqueness Of The Book Lies Not Only In The Incorporation Of The Data, Both Of Indian As Well As Those Of The Other Societies Of The Rest Of The World On A Comparative Basis, But Also In The Application Of Social And Cultural Anthropology For The Welfare Of The Tribal Societies In India Which May Cater To The Requirements Of Administrators And Policy Makers In Solving The Problems Of Tribals In India. The Book Would Effectively Help The Target Groups To Understand The Science Of Social And Cultural Anthropology In A Broader Perspective As Very Few Books Are Available On This Topic In The Indian Context.

Invitations to Love

Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal
Author: Laura M. Ahearn
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472067848
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 295
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A discussion of the implications of the emergence of love-letter correspondences for social relations in Nepal

An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology


Author: Pierre Bourdieu,Loïc J. D. Wacquant
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226067414
Category: Social Science
Page: 332
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Over the last three decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory and research of the post war era. Yet, despite the influence of his work, no single introduction to his wide-ranging oeuvre is available. This book, intended for an English-speaking audience, offers a systematic and accessible overview, providing interpretive keys to the internal logic of Bourdieu's work by explicating thematic and methodological principles underlying his work. The structure of Bourdieu's theory of knowledge, practice, and society is first dissected by Loic Wacquant; he then collaborates with Bourdieu in a dialogue in which they discuss central concepts of Bourdieu's work, confront the main objections and criticisms his work has met, and outline Bourdieu's views of the relation of sociology to philosophy, economics, history, and politics. The final section captures Bourdieu in action in the seminar room as he addresses the topic of how to practice the craft of reflexive sociology. Throughout, they stress Bourdieu's emphasis on reflexivity—his inclusion of a theory of intellectual practice as an integral component of a theory of society—and on method—particularly his manner of posing problems that permits a transfer of knowledge from one area of inquiry into another. Amplified by notes and an extensive bibliography, this synthetic view is essential reading for both students and advanced scholars.

Introducing Cultural Anthropology

A Christian Perspective
Author: Brian M. Howell,Jenell Williams Paris
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801038871
Category: Religion
Page: 288
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This concise introductory cultural anthropology textbook gives special attention to issues of concern to Christians and features plentiful maps, photos, and sidebars.

Explorations in Cultural Anthropology


Author: Colleen E. Boyd,Luke Eric Lassiter
Publisher: Altamira Press
ISBN: 9780759109537
Category: Social Science
Page: 400
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A collection of readings chosen to demonstrate varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective to real-world problems is organized into nine themes including Culture, Belief Systems and Socio-economic and Political Systems in a Changing World. Simultaneous.

Invitation to a Bonfire


Author: Adrienne Celt
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408895161
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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A seductive, sensual and sinister love triangle set in 1930s America and inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage Zoya Andropova, a young Russian refugee, finds herself in an elite New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by her new country's paranoia about Soviet spies. When she meets charismatic fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov – whose books Zoya has obsessed over for years – everything seems to change. But she soon discovers that Leo is bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera, and that their relationship is far more complex than Zoya could ever have imagined.

Invitation to Research in Practical Theology


Author: Zoë Bennett,Elaine Graham,Stephen Pattison,Heather Walton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351068229
Category: Religion
Page: 194
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Practical theology as a subject area has grown and become more sophisticated in its methods and self-understanding over the last few decades. This book provides a complete and original research primer in the major theories, approaches and methods at the cutting-edge of research in contemporary practical theology. It represents a reflection on the very practice of the discipline itself, its foundational questions and epistemological claims. Each chapter examines different aspects of the research process: starting with experience and practice, aspects of research design and epistemology, communities of learning, the influence of theological norms and tradition on the practice of research, and ethical considerations about what constitutes ‘the good’ in advanced research. The uniqueness of this book rests in its authoritative overview of current practical theological research across a range of traditions and approaches, combined with a comprehensive introduction to research methodology. It offers worked examples from the authors, their colleagues and research students that serve to illustrate key ideas and approaches in practical theological research. The four authors are all internationally-leading scholars and rank amongst the most influential figures in practical theology of their generation. The book promises to be of interest to students, teachers and researchers in practical theology, especially those looking to conduct original practice-based enquiry in the field.

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology
Author: Gregory Bateson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226039053
Category: Medical
Page: 533
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Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead. This classic anthology of his major work includes a new Foreword by his daughter, Mary Katherine Bateson. 5 line drawings.

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology


Author: Michael Bell,Michael Mayerfeld Bell
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 1412956552
Category: Science
Page: 369
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ôI love your book, it is one of the most fascinating I have ever read (certainly the most riveting textbook). The ideas you present are so on keyà I just wanted to let you know how incredible you book is. Thank you for writing it.ö û Student at U. Mass, BostonMichael Bell covers the broad range of topics in environmental sociology with a personal passion rarely seen in sociology texts. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, 3/eáchallenges readers with the complexity of environmental puzzles. After reading this book, students will be informed and enabled to make their own private and public choices; and inspired to care about the social footprints on the planet.

An Invitation to Laughter

A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World
Author: Fuad I. Khuri
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226434753
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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For the late Fuad I. Khuri, a distinguished career as an anthropologist began not because of typical concerns like accessibility, money, or status, but because the very idea of an occupation that baffled his countrymen made them—and him—laugh. “When I tell them that ‘anthropology’ is my profession . . . they think I am either speaking a strange language or referring to a new medicine.” This profound appreciation for humor, especially in the contradictions inherent in the study of cultures, is a distinctive theme of An Invitation to Laughter, Khuri’s astute memoir of life as an anthropologist in the Middle East. A Christian Lebanese, Khuri offers up in this unusual autobiography both an insider’s and an outsider’s perspective on life in Lebanon, elsewhere in the Middle East, and in West Africa. Khuri entertains and informs with clever insights into such issues as the mentality of Arabs toward women, eating habits of the Arab world, the impact of Islam on West Africa, and the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy Arabs, and even offers a vision for a type of democracy that could succeed in the Middle East. In his life and work, as these astonishing essays make evident, Khuri demonstrated how the discipline of anthropology continues to make a difference in bridging dangerous divides.

Human Origins

Contributions from Social Anthropology
Author: Camilla Power,Morna Finnegan,Hilary Callan
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785333798
Category: Social Science
Page: 364
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Human Origins brings together new thinking by social anthropologists and other scholars on the evolution of human culture and society. No other discipline has more relevant expertise to consider the emergence of humans as the symbolic species. Yet, social anthropologists have been conspicuously absent from debates about the origins of modern humans. These contributions explore why that is, and how social anthropology can shed light on early kinship and economic relations, gender politics, ritual, cosmology, ethnobiology, medicine, and the evolution of language.

Made in Mexico

Zapotec Weavers and the Global Ethnic Art Market
Author: W. Warner Wood
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253351545
Category: Art
Page: 243
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The story behind the international trade in Oaxacan textiles

An Invitation to Ethnomethodology

Language, Society and Interaction
Author: David Francis,Stephen Hester
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1848605323
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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This book offers a new and rigorous approach to observational sociology that is grounded in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. Throughout the authors encourage the reader to explore the social world at first hand, beginning with the immediate family context and then moving out into the public realm and organizational life. Examples of observational analysis are given with reference to topic areas such as family life, education, medicine, crime and deviance, and the reader is shown how to conduct their own inquiries, using methods and materials that are readily and ordinarily available. Drawing on both original material and published studies, Francis and Hester demonstrate how observational sociology can be carried out with an attention to detail typically overlooked by more traditional ethonographic approaches.

The Ways Of Friendship

Anthropological Perspectives
Author: Amit Desai,Evan Killick
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 0857458256
Category: Social Science
Page: 228
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Friendship is an essential part of human experience, involving ideas of love and morality as well as material and pragmatic concerns. Making and having friends is a central aspect of everyday life in all human societies. Yet friendship is often considered of secondary significance in comparison to domains such as kinship, economics and politics. How important are friends in different cultural contexts? What would a study of society viewed through the lens of friendship look like? Does friendship affect the shape of society as much as society moulds friendship? Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe, this volume offers answers to these questions and examines the ideology and practice of friendship as it is embedded in wider social contexts and transformations.

How to Think Like an Anthropologist


Author: Matthew Engelke
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400889529
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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From an award-winning anthropologist, a lively accessible, and at times irreverent introduction to the subject What is anthropology? What can it tell us about the world? Why, in short, does it matter? For well over a century, cultural anthropologists have circled the globe, from Papua New Guinea to suburban England and from China to California, uncovering surprising facts and insights about how humans organize their lives and articulate their values. In the process, anthropology has done more than any other discipline to reveal what culture means--and why it matters. By weaving together examples and theories from around the world, Matthew Engelke provides a lively, accessible, and at times irreverent introduction to anthropology, covering a wide range of classic and contemporary approaches, subjects, and practitioners. Presenting a set of memorable cases, he encourages readers to think deeply about some of the key concepts with which anthropology tries to make sense of the world—from culture and nature to authority and blood. Along the way, he shows why anthropology matters: not only because it helps us understand other cultures and points of view but also because, in the process, it reveals something about ourselves and our own cultures, too.

An Invitation to Cultural Psychology


Author: Jaan Valsiner
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473905966
Category: Psychology
Page: 304
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An Invitation to Cultural Psychology looks at the everyday life worlds of human beings through the lens of a new synthetic perspective in cultural psychology – that of semiotic dynamics. Based on historical work from many different fields in the social and behavioural sciences, and the humanities too, this perspective applied to cultural psychology suggests that human beings are constantly creating, maintaining and abandoning hierarchies of meanings within all cultural contexts they experience. It’s a perspective that leans heavily on the work of the great French philosopher, Henri Bergson, only now being realised as a core basis for human cultural living. Jaan Valsiner is the founding editor of the major journal in the field, Culture & Psychology, and Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. He is the first Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he leads Europe's first Research Centre on Cultural Psychology.