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Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


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Written by a prominent scholar in the field and recent inductee to The National Academy of Sciences, this concise, up-to-date introduction to cultural anthropology carefully balances coverage of core topics with contemporary changes in the field. Since no single or monolithic theoretical perspective orients this book, instructors with a wide range of views and approaches can use it effectively. The combination of brevity and readability make Mirror for Humanity a perfect match for cultural anthropology courses that use readings or ethnographies along with a main text.

About the Author

Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968. He served as Anthropology Department chair from 1996 to 2006. In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan. In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. In 1999 the America Anthropological Association awarded Professor Kottak the AAA/Mayfield Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.

Professor Kottak has done ethnographic fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. Conrad Kottak's articles have appeared in academic journals including American Anthropologist, Journal of Anthropological Research, American Ethnologist, Ethnology, Human Organization, and Luso-Brazilian Review. He has also written for more popular journals, including Transaction/SOCIETY, Natural History, Psychology Today, and General Anthropology.

In recent research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.

Recently, Kottak was inducted to The National Academy of Sciences. This is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 What Is Anthropology?

Chapter 2 Ethics and Methods

Chapter 3 Culture

Chapter 4 Language and Communication

Chapter 5 Making a Living

Chapter 6 Political Systems

Chapter 7 Families, Kinship, and Marriage

Chapter 8 Gender

Chapter 9 Religion

Chapter 10 The World System and Colonialism

Chapter 11 Ethnicity and Race

Chapter 12 Applying Anthropology

Chapter 13 Cultural Exchange and Survival

Product Details

Kottak, Conrad Phill
Academic Internet Publishers
Kottak, Conrad Phillip
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Anthropology - Cultural
Publication Date:
September 2007
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.05x6.61x.56 in. 1.03 lbs.

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