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Talking about People: Readings in Contemporary Cultural Anthropologyby William A. Haviland
Synopses & Reviews
How do people learn and experience their culture? How do people make a living? What does it mean to be in a family? How do we make sense of peoples beliefs and ritual practices? In exploring questions such as these, this cultural anthropology reader focuses on contemporary global concerns and includes a significant number of articles by authors from outside the United States.
A dynamic development in the fourth edition is the inclusion of “Anthropology and Public Debate” sections, in which opposing anthropological arguments on current hot topics are featured. In addition, “Doing Fieldwork” essays consider the nature and dilemmas of fieldwork, the changing status of the field, the nature of anthropological learning in the field, and ethical issues and dilemmas.
About the Author
William A. Gordon is a full-time author and publisher. His previous books include The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book, Shot on This Site: A Traveler's Guide to the Places and Locations Used to Film Famous Movies and Television Shows, and Four Dead in Ohio: Was There a Conspiracy at Kent State? He lives in Southern California.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introductory: What Is Distinctive about Anthropology?
*1. Laura Nader, Anthropology! Distinguished Lecture – 2000
2. Marion Benedict, Fact Versus Fiction: An Ethnographic Paradox Set in the Seychelles
3. William Klausner, Going Native?
*4. Gregory Starrett, Culture Never Dies: Anthropology at Abu Ghraib
Part 2: Basic Concepts: What Is the Meaning of Culture?
*5. Mahmood Mamdani: Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism
6. Lynn Morgan, When Does Life Begin? A Cross-Cultural Perspective on the Personhood of Fetuses and Young Children
*7. Sally Engle Merry, Human Rights Law and the Demonization of Culture
*8. Doing Fieldwork – Jane Mulcock, Ethnography in Awkward Spaces: An Anthropology of Cultural Borrowing
Part 3: Communication: What Is the Relationship Between Language and Culture?
9. William M. O’Barr and John M. Conley, When a Juror Watches a Lawyer
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