Distant Mirrors America as a Foreign Culture

ISBN-10: 0534556485
ISBN-13: 9780534556488
Edition: 3rd 2002 (Revised)
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Description: Anthropology has a long history of the "other," yet we can look right here at home for the strangeness we seek. We often neglect to ask the questions that reveal our own culture's underlying value and beliefs. In this volume, we bring the American  More...

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Book details

List price: $94.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Anthropology has a long history of the "other," yet we can look right here at home for the strangeness we seek. We often neglect to ask the questions that reveal our own culture's underlying value and beliefs. In this volume, we bring the American culture into focus. For students to understand the full impact of ethnography, to experience cultural relativity and to gain a foundation to build informed comparisons, students need a firm grasp of their own culture--and need to use this volume. The Third Edition consists of 19 essays written by anthropologists and other scholars using an ethnographic perspective. The essays enable students to understand themselves better by focusing on their own culture and seeing it from a new perspective. This collection gives anthropology a comparative perspective that provides a reflective lens, a mirror, for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live.

Understanding Ourselves: About the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
One Hundred Percent American
The American Cultural Configuration
Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
Professor Widjojo Goes to a Koktel Parti
An Outsider's View of American Culture
Growing Up American: Doing the Right Thing
My American Glasses
American Graffiti: Curious Derivatives of Individualism
The Young, the Rich, and the Famous: Individualism as an American Cultural Value
America and I
Encounters with the Elderly in America
Neighborly Strangers
Pais de mis Suenos: Reflections on Ethnic Labels, Dichotomies, and Ritual Interactions
Giving, Withholding, and Meeting Midway: A Poet's Ethnography
A Russian Teacher in America
First Impressions: Diary of a French Anthropologist in New York City
Life and Cultures: The Test of Real Participant Observation
Learning to Hug: An English Anthropologist's Experiences in North America
A European Anthropologist's Personal and Ethnographic Impressions of the United States

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