Talking about People Readings in Contemporary Cultural Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0072994819
ISBN-13: 9780072994810
Edition: 4th 2006
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List price: $100.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 6/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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.

William A. Haviland is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he founded the Department of Anthropology and taught for 32 years. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has carried out original research in archaeology in Guatemala and Vermont; ethnography in Maine and Vermont; and physical anthropology in Guatemala. This work has been the basis of numerous publications in national and international books and journals, as well as in media intended for the general public. His books include The Original Vermonters, coauthored with Marjorie Power, and a technical monograph on ancient Maya settlement. He also served as consultant for the award-winning telecourse Faces of Culture, and he is co-editor of the series Tikal Reports, published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Besides teaching and writing, Dr. Haviland has lectured to many professional and nonprofessional audiences in Canada, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and Spain, as well as in the United States. He served as expert witness for the Missisquoi Abenaki of Vermont in an important court case over aboriginal fishing rights. Dr. Haviland was named University Scholar by the Graduate School of the University of Vermont in 1990; received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band in 1996; and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont in 2006. Now retired from teaching, he continues his research, writing, and lecturing from the coast of Maine. He serves as a trustee for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, focused on Maine's Native American history, culture, art, and archaeology. His most recent books are At the Place of the Lobsters and Crabs (2009) and Canoe Indians of Down East Maine (2012).

What Is Distinctive about Anthropology?
Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems
Fact Versus Fiction: An Ethnographic Paradox Set in the Seychelles
Going Native?
Personal Pathways: The Pathways of an Anthropologist
What Is the Meaning of Culture?
Cultural Survival on “cultural survival”
Loading the Bases: How Our Tribe Projects Its Own Image Into the National Pastime
When Does Life Begin? A Cross-Cultural Perspective on the Personhood of Fetuses and Young Children
Language and Culture
When a Juror Watches a Lawyer
Forms of Address: How Their Social Functions May Vary
What Is, and Isn’t, In a Word
Language and Social Identity
How Do People Learn and Experience Their Culture?
Growing Up American: Doing the Right Thing
The Anthropologist as Mother: Reflections on Childbirth Observed and Childbirth Experienced
Flexible Survivors
How Do People Adapt to Nature?
Nomads on Notice
A View from the Headwaters
A Taste of History
Personal Pathways: “Food is Good to Think”
How Do People Make a Living?
Learning How to Bribe a Policeman
Crack in Spanish Harlem: Culture and Economy in the Inner City
Cities without Care or Connection
How Do Women and Men Relate to Each Other?
Arranging a Marriage in India
“Ladies” Behind Bars: A Liminal Gender as Cultural Mirror
Female Chiefs and their Wives: Tradition and Modernity in Venda, South Africa
The Anthropologist’s Public Image Problem
Doing Fieldwork: Are We There Yet? Getting to the Field
What Does It Mean to Be in a Family?
Why Migrant Women Feed Their Husbands Tamales: Foodways as a Basis for a Revisionist View of Tejano Family Life
Land of the Walking Marriage
The Persistence of Polygamy
How Do People Express Status and Group Membership?
The New Latin Labor
Owning Places and Buying Time: Class, Culture, and Stalled Gentrification
Genocide in Rwanda
Doing Fieldwork: An Anthropologist Learns the Value of Fear
How Do People Control the Behavior of Others?
“Say Cheese!” The Disney Order That Is Not So Mickey Mouse
The Modern State: Nation-Builder or Nation-Killer?
Deceptive Stereotypes about “Tribal Warfare”
Doing Fieldwork: Participant Observation on a Motorcycle
How Do People Relate to the Supernatural?
Witchcraft in Anthropological Perspective
Feminine Power at Sea
Treating the Wounds of War: The Culture of Violence
How Do Cultures Change?
The Ugly American Revisited
James Ferguson with Larry Lohmann, The Anti-Politics Machine: “Development” and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho
Counter-Development in the Andes
Doing Fieldwork: In the Disaster Zone – Anthropologists and the Ambiguity of Aid
Personal Pathways: A Career in Waste
What Does the Future Hold for Anthropology?
Visions of the Future: The Prospect for Reconciliation
The Anthropology of Abortion Activism
The Zapatistas and the Electronic Fabric of Struggle
The Museum of Me
Glossary Index
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