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Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology

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Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology proposes an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms.

This exciting book offers a refreshing hands-on alternative to more traditional textbooks by challenging readers to think about culture in new ways and to apply these ideas to their own lives. Investigating Culture teaches students to think like anthropologists by encouraging them to compare their own cultural experiences with that of anthropologists who enter a culture specifically to study it. Approaching the study of culture or cultural anthropology in this way trains students to confront the reflexive nature of anthropology early on and to distance themselves from the inherent flaws of studying the “exotic Other.” Investigating Culture is divided into nine chapters that focus on the variety of ways that humans orient themselves --- in space and time, by means of language, the body, the structures of everyday life, and the symbols of religion and public ritual. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining the central issues, selected classic readings, examples from a variety of cultures, suggested additional readings, and a series of exercises designed to make the analysis of culture personally accessible.

Synopsis:

Investigating Culture offers an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms.

  • Provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply these ideas to their own lives
  • Focuses on the ways that humans orient themselves, e.g., in space and time, according to language, food, the body, and the symbols provided by public myth and ritual
  • Each chapter includes: an introduction framing the central issues, examples from a range of cultures, a selected reading or two, additional suggested readings, and exercises

About the Author

Carol Delaney is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. She is author of The Seed and The Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society (1991) and Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth (1998), and is co-editor of Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis (1995, with Sylvia Yanagisako).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

1. Disorientation and Orientation.

Exercises.

Selected Reading: Shakespeare in the Bush: Laura Bohannan.

Resources.

2. Space.

Exercises.

Selected Reading: The American Front Porch: Women’s Liminal Space: Sue Bridwell Beckham.

Resources.

3. Time.

Exercises.

Selected Reading: Time is for Savoring: Ellen Goodman.

Selected Reading: The Original Affluent Society: Marshall Sahlins.

Resources.

4.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631222378
Subtitle:
An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology
Author:
Delaney, Carol
Author:
Delaney, Carol Lowery
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
3076
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
We Are What We Speak.<p></b>Exercises.<p>Selected Reading: She Unnames Them: Ursula LeGuin.<p>Selected Reading: Seeing is Believing: Alan Dundes.<p>Resources.<p><b>5. Relatives and Relations</b>.<p>Exercises.<p>Selected Reading: Symbols of Category M
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9.58x6.78x1.33 in. 1.77 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Investigating Culture offers an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms.

  • Provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply these ideas to their own lives
  • Focuses on the ways that humans orient themselves, e.g., in space and time, according to language, food, the body, and the symbols provided by public myth and ritual
  • Each chapter includes: an introduction framing the central issues, examples from a range of cultures, a selected reading or two, additional suggested readings, and exercises

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