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Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
by William Cronon
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The book that launched environmental history now updated. Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize In this landmark work of environmental history, William Cronon offers an original and profound explanation of the effects European colonists' sense of property... (read more)

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"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations about Race
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": And Other Conversations about Race
by Beverly Tatum
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Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, it's not just the black kids sitting together-the white, Latino, Asian Pacific, and, in some regions, American Indian youth are clustered... (read more)

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The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea
The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea
by Annette B. Weiner
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This re-examination of the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea, the people described in Malinowski's classic ethnographic work of the early 20th century, provides a balanced view of the society from a male and female perspective, including coverage of new... (read more)

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)
by Christopher McDougall
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Born to Run is the one of those books you just can't keep to yourself. In fact, it's probably the one title I've recommended more than any other in the last two years. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, travel, history, science, and sport, all... (read more)

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Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
by Dick Hebdige
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'Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style is so important: complex and remarkably lucid, it's the first book dealing with punk to offer intellectual content. Hebdige ...] is concerned with the UK's postwar, music-centred, white working-class... (read more)

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House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest
House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest
by Craig Childs
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In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people. The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th... (read more)

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The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
by Marcel Mauss
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A brilliant French sociologist and anthropologist, Marcel Mauss (1872?) used case studies of Melanesia, Polynesia, and northwestern North America to demonstrate that gift exchange is a total system at the center of society.... (read more)

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Mothers and Others (09 Edition)
Mothers and Others (09 Edition)
by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
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2012 W.W. Howells Book Prize, Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological... (read more)

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The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People
The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People
by E E Evans Pritchard
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"An excellent example of British social anthropology. Useful as a teaching tool for social organization."--Michele Gamburd, Portland State University "We used this as an ethnographic example of structural-functionalism for our introductory theory course.... (read more)

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Ordinary Affects (07 Edition)
Ordinary Affects (07 Edition)
by Kathleen Stewart
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Ordinary Affects is a singular argument for attention to the affective dimensions of everyday life and the potential that animates the ordinary. Known for her focus on the poetics and politics of language and landscape, the anthropologist Kathleen... (read more)

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California Series in Public Anthropology #21: Righteous Dopefiend
California Series in Public Anthropology #21: Righteous Dopefiend
by Philippe Bourgois
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"Based on over a decade of field research, Righteous Dopefiend is a searing portrait of the lives of homeless injection drug users in San Francisco and an analysis of the powerful forces that shape their lives. ...This book brings into our visual and... (read more)

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The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books Classics)
The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books Classics)
by Clifford Geertz
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In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award... (read more)

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Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (Myanthrolab)
Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology (Myanthrolab)
by James Spradley
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Demonstrate the nature of culture and its influence on people’s lives.   For over 40 years, the best-selling Conformity and Conflict has brought together original readings and cutting edge research alongside classic works as a powerful way to... (read more)

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America the Unusual (99 Edition)
America the Unusual (99 Edition)
by John Kingdon
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Kingdon explores how the American polity is different from that of other countries - particularly other Western democracies - examining just how this uniqueness came about. It invites both introductory and advanced students to appreciate the roots and... (read more)

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Savage Mind (66 Edition)
Savage Mind (66 Edition)
by Claude Levi-strauss
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"Every word, like a sacred object, has its place. No précis is possible. This extraordinary book must be read."—Edmund Carpenter, New York Times Book Review "No outline is possible; I can only say that reading this book is a most... (read more)

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Grand Valley Dani : Peaceful Warriors (3RD 97 Edition)
Grand Valley Dani : Peaceful Warriors (3RD 97 Edition)
by Karl G. Heider
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This case study examines an isolated tribe in Indonesia, West New Guinea, when tribe members were still using stone axes, bows, arrows and spears, up to more present times spanning 34 years (1961-1995). The author's long engagement with the Dani results... (read more)

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The Continuum Concept: Allowing Human Nature to Work Successfully
The Continuum Concept: Allowing Human Nature to Work Successfully
by Jean Liedloff
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Jean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years in the South American jungle living with Stone Age Indians. The experience demolished her Western preconceptions of how we should live and led her to a radically different view of what human... (read more)

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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D Putnam
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Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work—but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as “a prodigious... (read more)

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Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom
Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom
by bell hooks
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In Teaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today. In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks... (read more)

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Divine Hunger: Cannibalism as a Cultural System
Divine Hunger: Cannibalism as a Cultural System
by Peggy Reeves Sanday
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The practice of cannibalism is in certain cultures rejected as evil, while in others it plays a central part in the ritual order. Anthropologists have offered various explanations for the existence of cannibalism, none of which, Peggy Sanday claims, is... (read more)

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