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Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropologyby Gary P Ferraro
Synopses & Reviews
Practical and insightful, CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Second Edition is a concise and accessible reader that presents a core selection of historical and contemporary works. Carefully edited by established author Dr. Gary Ferraro, this edition includes five new classic readings from the disciplines of cultural anthropology and linguistics. Readings are organized around eight topics that closely mirror most introductory textbooks and are selected from scholarly works on the basis of their enduring themes and contributions to the discipline. These eminently relevant selections allow students to further explore anthropological perspectives on such key topics as culture; language and communication; ecology and economics; marriage and family; gender; politics and social control; supernatural beliefs; and issues of culture change. The text also addresses pressing topics such as globalization, ethnic violence, and environmental issues. CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Second Edition delivers an excellent introduction to the field of anthropology and the contributions it makes to understanding the world around us.
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This supplementary text for beginning students contains 15 classic readings on cultural anthropology. The articles and excerpts address such topics as marriage and the family, language and communication, and politics and social control. Each reading is preceded by an introduction and followed by discussion questions. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Brief, accessible, and inexpensive, this new reader has been carefully edited by text author Gary Ferraro to include those articles and excerpts from works that have been pivotal to the field of anthropology and that have endured over the decades. These eminently relevant selections allow students to further explore anthropological perspectives on key cultural topics such as culture, language and communication, ecology and economics, marriage and family, politics and social control, supernatural beliefs systems, and issues of culture change.
Concise, inexpensive, and accessible, CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Second Edition, provides an excellent introduction to the field of anthropology and the contributions it makes to understanding the world around us.
About the Author
Gary Ferraro, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, received his B.A. in history from Hamilton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University. He has been teaching anthropology courses since 1971, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Swaziland in southern Africa and at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, and served as a visiting professor of anthropology in the University of Pittsburgh?s Semester at Sea Program, a floating university that travels around the world. Ferraro continues to teach the introductory class at UNC to stay current with today?s students. He has conducted research for extended periods of time in Kenya and Swaziland and has traveled widely throughout many other parts of the world. Ferraro has also served as a consultant for such organizations as USAID, the Peace Corps, the World Bank, IBM, G.E. Plastics, and Georgia Pacific, among others. From l996 to 2000 Dr. Ferraro served as Director of the Intercultural Training Institute at UNC-Charlotte, a consortium of cross-cultural trainers and educators from academia and business designed to help regional organizations cope with cultural differences at home and abroad. In addition to publishing in a number of professional journals, he is the author of CLASSIC READINGS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (2004, 2009), GLOBAL BRAINS: KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES FOR THE 21st CENTURY (2002), THE CULTURAL DIMENSION OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (l990, l994, l998, 2002, 2006, 2010), CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE (now in its Eighth Edition), ANTHROPOLOGY: AN APPLIED PERSPECTIVE (l994), and THE TWO WORLDS OF KAMAU (1978).
Table of Contents
'Preface. Introduction. Part I: PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURE. 1. \"Body Ritual Among the Nacirema\", Horace Miner. 2. \"Queer Customs\", Clyde Kluckhohn. Part II: LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION. 3. \"Rapport-talk and Report-talk\", Deborah Tannen. 4. \"The Sounds of Silence\", Edward T. and Mildred R. Hall. Part III: ECONOMICS AND ECOLOGY. 5. \"Eating Christmas in the Kalahari\", Richard B. Lee. 6. \"The Domestication of Wood in Haiti\", Gerald F. Murray. Part IV: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY. 7. \"Arranging a Marriage in India\", Serena Nanda. 8. \"Death Without Weeping\", Nancy Scheper-Hughes. Part V: GENDER. 9. \"Society and Sex Roles\", Ernestine Friedl. 10. \"Women and Men in !Kung Society\", Marjorie Shostak. Part VI: POLITICS AND SOCIAL CONTROL. 11. \"The Kpelle Moot\", James L. Gibbs, Jr. 12. \"Anthropology and Counterinsurgency\", Montgomery McFate. Part VII: SUPERNATURAL BELIEFS. 13. \"Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events\", E.E. Evans-Pritchard. 14. \"Baseball Magic\", George Gmelch. Part VIII: CULTURE CHANGE. 15. \"Steel Axes for Stone Age Australians\", Lauriston Sharp. 16. \"Globalization and Tom Friedman\", Angelique Haugerud.\n
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