Perspectives on Culture

A Critical Introduction to Theory in Cultural Anthropology
Author: H. Sidky
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780130931344
Category: Social Science
Page: 531
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This book provides a critical introduction to theory in cultural anthropology—from the perspective of the philosophy of science. It imparts the analytical skills needed to assess the often contradictory claims to knowledge and theoretical perspectives encountered in the study of general anthropology. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics cover science and anthropology: epistemological questions, evolutionism and the beginnings of anthropology during the nineteenth century, the Diffusionists, historical particularism, functionalism and modern anthropology, structural-functionalism, French structuralism, ethnoscience and cognitive anthropology, symbolic anthropology and the interpretation of culture, scientific anthropology, materialist and Marxist anthropology, postmodern anthropology, and anthropology in the 21st century. For individuals seeking reliable, valid knowledge about humankind, human behavior, and the evolution and operation of sociocultural systems.

Religion

An Anthropological Perspective
Author: H. Sidky
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9781433129179
Category: Religion
Page: 279
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"Religion: An Anthropological Perspective" provides a critical view of religion focusing upon important but overlooked topics such as religion, cognition, and prehistory; science, rationality, and religion; altered states of consciousness, entheogens and religious experience; religion and the paranormal; magic and divination; religion and ecology; fundamentalism; and religion and violence. In addition, this book offers a unique and concise coverage of traditional topics of the anthropology of religion such as shamanism and witchcraft (past and present), ritual, myth, religious symbols, and revitalization movements. A vast range of findings from ethnography, ethnology, cultural anthropology, archaeology, prehistory, history, and cognitive science are brought to bear on the subject. Written in clear jargon-free prose, this book provides an accessible and comprehensive yet critical view of the anthropology of religion both for graduate and undergraduate students and general audiences. Its scope and critical scientific orientation sets "Religion: An Anthropological Perspective" apart from all other treatments of the subject.

Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Author: Dr Alan Barnard,Jonathan Spencer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134450907
Category: Reference
Page: 688
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This is the only encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology to cover fully the many important areas of overlap between anthropology and related disciplines. This work also covers key terms, ideas and people, thus eliminating the need to refer to other books for specific definitions or biographies. Special features include: * over 230 substantial entries on every major idea, individual and sub-discipline of social and cultural anthropology * over 100 international contributors * a glossary of more than 600 key terms and ideas.

A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion


Author: Craig Martin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315474395
Category: Religion
Page: 214
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A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion introduces the key concepts and theories from religious studies that are necessary for a full understanding of the complex relations between religion and society. The aim is to provide readers with an arsenal of critical concepts for studying religious ideologies, practices, and communities. This thoroughly revised second edition has been restructured to clearly emphasize key topics including: Essentialism Functionalism Authority Domination.? All ideas and theories are clearly illustrated, with new and engaging examples and case studies throughout, making this the ideal textbook for students approaching the subject area for the first time.

Cultural Anthropology

A Global Perspective
Author: Raymond Scupin
Publisher: Pearson
ISBN: 9780134008974
Category: Social Science
Page: 528
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NOTE: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyAnthroLab® does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyAnthroLab search for 0134114108 / 9780134114101 Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective plus MyAnthroLab for Cultural Anthropology -- Access Card Package, 9/e Package consists of: 0134008979 / 9780134008974 Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective, 9/e 0205982018 / 9780205982011 MyAnthroLab for Cultural Anthropology Access Card MyAnthroLab should only be purchased when required by an instructor. For courses in Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Connect with the World Around Us Through Cultural Anthropology Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective acquaints readers with the cultural discipline of anthropological studies. The text recognizes that in the nature of our 21st century world, humans need a much greater capacity for understanding different cultures than ever before. By examining classical and current research, the text brings readers closer to the theories, data, and critical thinking skills needed to understand global humanity. The Ninth Edition takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach in its evaluation of topics such as human evolution, language divergence, and social developments throughout the world. By introducing readers to different perspectives of this global topic, the text provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of cultural anthropology. Also available with MyAnthroLab MyAnthroLab for Cultural Anthropology courses extends learning online, engaging students and improving results. Media resources with assignments bring concepts to life, and offer students opportunities to practice applying what they've learned. And the Writing Space helps educators develop and assess concept mastery and critical thinking through writing, quickly and easily. Please note: this version of MyAnthroLab does not include an eText. Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective, Ninth Edition is also available via REVEL (tm), an immersive learning experience designed for the way today's students read, think, and learn.

Flesh and Bone

An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Author: Myriam Nafte
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781611636321
Category: Facial reconstruction (Anthropology)
Page: 202
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Flesh and Bone offers the reader a solid background in forensic anthropology by outlining some of the methods and procedures that best define the discipline. It introduces readers to the rapidly growing area known as forensic science, providing a comprehensive look at many of the participants in the field. The author avoids technical terminology whenever possible and includes updated photographs, charts, and illustrations to complement the text.

Mehinaku

The Drama of Daily Life in a Brazilian Indian Village
Author: Thomas Gregor
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022615033X
Category: Social Science
Page: 398
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Thomas Gregor sees the Mehinaku Indians of central Brazil as performers of roles, engaged in an ongoing improvisational drama of community life. The layout of the village and the architecture of the houses make the community a natural theater in the round, rendering the villagers' actions highly visible and audible. Lacking privacy, the Mehinaku have become masters of stagecraft and impression management, enthusiastically publicizing their good citizenship while ingeniously covering up such embarrassments as extramarital affairs and theft.

Anthropology and Law

A Critical Introduction
Author: Mark Goodale,Sally Engle Merry
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 1479895512
Category: Law
Page: 320
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An introduction to the anthropology of law that explores the connections between law, politics, and technology. From legal responsibility for genocide to rectifying past injuries to indigenous people, the anthropology of law addresses some of the crucial ethical issues of our day. Over the past twenty-five years, anthropologists have studied how new forms of law have reshaped important questions of citizenship, biotechnology, and rights movements, among many others. Meanwhile, the rise of international law and transitional justice has posed new ethical and intellectual challenges to anthropologists. Anthropology and Law provides a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of law in the post-Cold War era. Mark Goodale introduces the central problems of the field and builds on the legacy of its intellectual history, while a foreword by Sally Engle Merry highlights the challenges of using the law to seek justice on an international scale. The book’s chapters cover a range of intersecting areas including language and law, history, regulation, indigenous rights, and gender. For a complete understanding of the consequential ways in which anthropologists have studied, interacted with, and critiqued, the ways and means of law, Anthropology and Law is required reading.

Designing Things

A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects
Author: Prasad Boradkar
Publisher: Berg Publishers
ISBN: 1845204263
Category: Architecture
Page: 326
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When and why did the turntable morph from music machine to musical instrument? Why have mobile phones evolved changeable skins? How did hip-hop videos inspire an edgy new look for the Cadillac? The answers to such questions illustrate this provocative book, which examines the cultural meanings of artifacts and the role of designers in their design and production. Designing Things provides the reader with a map of the rapidly changing field of design studies, a subject which now draws on a diverse range of theories and methodologies -- from art and visual culture, to anthropology and material culture, to media and cultural studies. With clear explanations of key concepts -- such as form language, planned obsolescence, object fetishism, product semantics, brand positioning and user needs -- overviews of theoretical foundations and case studies of historical and contemporary objects, Designing Things looks behind-the-scenes and beneath-the-surface at some of our most familiar and iconic objects.

Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory


Author: Matei Candea
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315388243
Category: Social Science
Page: 258
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This book presents an overview of important currents of thought in social and cultural anthropology, from the 19th century to the present. It introduces readers to the origins, context and continuing relevance of a fascinating and exciting kaleidoscope of ideas that have transformed the humanities and social sciences, and the way we understand ourselves and the societies we live in today. Each chapter provides a thorough yet engaging introduction to a particular theoretical school, style or conceptual issue. Together they build up to a detailed and comprehensive critical introduction to the most salient areas of the field. The introduction reflects on the substantive themes which tie the chapters together and on what the very notions of ‘theory’ and ‘theoretical school’ bring to our understanding of anthropology as a discipline. The book tracks a core lecture series given at Cambridge University and is essential reading for all undergraduate students undertaking a course on anthropological theory or the history of anthropological thought. It will also be useful more broadly for students of social and cultural anthropology, sociology, human geography and cognate disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Theories of Culture in Postmodern Times


Author: Marvin Harris
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780761990215
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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In this book, Marvin Harris presents his current views on the nature of culture addressing such issues as the mental/behavioral debate, emics and etics, and anthropological holism.

Being Human

An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Author: Mari Womack
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780130903020
Category: Education
Page: 170
View: 2012

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A Critical Introduction to Sport Psychology


Author: Aidan Moran,John Toner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317329651
Category: Psychology
Page: 494
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The new third edition of A Critical Introduction to Sport Psychology is the only textbook in the field that provides a detailed overview of key theories, concepts and findings within the discipline of sport psychology, as well as a critical perspective that examines and challenges these core foundations. Fully revised and updated, the new edition covers key research findings affecting both participation and performance in sport, including topics such as motivation, anxiety, emotional coping, concentration, mental imagery, expertise and team cohesion. In addition, the book includes a range of helpful features that bring the science to life, including critical thinking exercises, suggestions for student projects and new "In the spotlight" boxes that highlight key advances in theory or practice. A comprehensive glossary is also included, whilst a final chapter examines some new horizons in sport psychology, including embodied cognition and socio-cultural perspectives. Sport is played with the body but often won in the mind; that is the theory. A Critical Introduction to Sport Psychology is the definitive textbook for anyone wishing to engage critically with this fascinating idea.

Perspectives on Africa

A Reader in Culture, History and Representation
Author: Roy Richard Grinker,Stephen C. Lubkemann,Christopher Steiner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444335227
Category: Social Science
Page: 689
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"This welcome new edition of key texts, written about Africa as well as from within it, builds on the past but speaks boldly to the current generation - with some striking contributions on contemporary issues." Wendy James, University of Oxford "This carefully chosen and brilliantly edited collection is an extraordinary resource for anthropologists of Africa. Some of the most seminal works in one of the most foundational domains in the discipline take on new significance In the light of the new current scholarship represented in the volume and of the new conversations among them that Grinker, Lubkernann and Steiner have brought out. This volume is a treasure." Caroline H. Bledsoe, Northwestern University "This Impressive volume provides a critical genealogy of scholarship In Africa, weaving together historical and contemporary pieces to provide insights not only into the political economy and cultural dynamism of Africa's past, but of its future too." Henrietta Moore, University of Cambridge and Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics "This superb collection of influential contemporary and classic works in African studies will be indispensable to both students and instructors. Twelve thematic sections, each masterfully framed by the editors, offer a deft blend of intellectual history, theory, and thnography." Angelique Haugerud, Rutgers University The second edition of the popular reader Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation offers forty six articles illustrating the dynamic processes by which scholars have described and understood African history and culture over the past several decades. This new edition presents fourteen new selections as well as two entirely new parts, "Violent Transformations: Conflict and Displacement" and "Development, Governance, and Globalization," revealing the historical trajectory, daily experience, and vital influence of African people in the modern world. Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University, Director of the GW Institute for Ethnographic Research, and Editor-in-Chief of Anthropological Quarterly. He is author of four other books, including In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull, and Houses in the Rainforest, and Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism. Stephen C. Lubkemann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is author of Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War and is associate editor for Anthropological Quarterly and a co-founder of GWU's Diaspora Research Program. Christopher B. Steiner is the Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Anthropology, and Director of Museum Studies at Connecticut College. He is the author of the award-winning book African Art in Transit, and co-editor (with Ruth Phillips) of Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds.

Anthropological Theory

An Introductory History
Author: R. Jon McGee,Richard L. Warms
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9781442257016
Category: Social Science
Page: 736
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This comprehensive and accessible survey traces critical developments in anthropological thinking from 1860 to the present day. In-depth introductions and commentary accompanying 43 seminal essays provide the background necessary for understanding each article, its central concepts, and the social and historical context in which it was written.

Environmental Anthropology

From Pigs to Policies, Third Edition
Author: Patricia K. Townsend
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478636947
Category: Social Science
Page: 139
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Environmental anthropologists organize the realities of interdependent lands, plants, animals, and human beings; advocate for the neediest among them; and provide guidance for conservation efforts. But can anthropologists’ studies of small-scale systems contribute to policies that address profoundly interconnected global problems? Townsend explores this question in her concise introduction to environmental anthropology. While maintaining the structure and clarity of previous editions, the third edition has been thoroughly revised to include new research. Newly added are a chapter on the environmental impact of war and recommended readings and films. Townsend begins with a historical overview of the field, illustrating how earlier ideas and approaches help to understand how today’s populations adapt to their physical and biological environments. She then transitions to a closer look at global environmental issues, including such topics as rapid expansion of the world economic system and inequality, loss of biodiversity and its implications for human health, and injustices of climate change, resource extraction, and toxic waste disposal. The final chapters caution that meaningful change requires social movements and policy changes in addition to individual actions.

Obesity

Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives
Author: Alexandra A. Brewis
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813548906
Category: Medical
Page: 209
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In a world now filled with more people who are overweight than underweight, public health and medical perspectives paint obesity as a catastrophic epidemic that threatens to overwhelm health systems and undermine life expectancies globally. In many societies, being obese also creates profound personal suffering because it is so culturally stigmatized. Yet despite loud messages about the health and social costs of being obese, weight gain is a seemingly universal aspect of the modern human condition. Grounded in a holistic anthropological approach and using a range of ethnographic and ecological case studies, Obesity shows that the human tendency to become and stay fat makes perfect sense in terms of evolved human inclinations and the physical and social realities of modern life. Drawing on her own fieldwork in the rural United States, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands over the last two decades, Alexandra A. Brewis addresses such critical questions as why obesity is defined as a problem and why some groups are so much more at risk than others. She suggests innovative ways that anthropology and other social sciences can use community-based research to address the serious public health and social justice concerns provoked by the global spread of obesity.

The Cultural Study of Music

A Critical Introduction
Author: Martin Clayton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136754326
Category: Music
Page: 376
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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Anthropology of the self

the individual in cultural perspective
Author: Brian Morris
Publisher: Pluto Pr
ISBN: 9780745308579
Category: Philosophy
Page: 222
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Scholarly & written in lucid style, free of jargon, this work emphasizes the varying conceptions of the self found cross-culturally & contrasts these with the conceptions found in Western intellectual traditions.

Introduction to Cultural Ecology


Author: Mark Q. Sutton,E. N. Anderson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0759123306
Category: Social Science
Page: 452
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Introduction to Cultural Ecology, Third Edition, familiarizes students with the foundations of the field and provides a framework for exploring what other cultures can teach us about human/environment relationships.