Taking Sides Clashing Views in Cultural Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0073043966

ISBN-13: 9780073043968

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Robert L. Welsch, Kirk M. Endicott

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Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Cultural Anthropology, Second Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in cultural anthropology. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading anthropologists, reflect a variety of viewpoints and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.
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List price: $32.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Introduction: Studing Cultural Anthropology
Theoretical Issues
Should Anthropology Stop Tyring to Model Itself on Sciences?
Yes: from The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
No: from "Godzilla Meet New Age Anthropology: Facing the Postmodernist Challenge to a Science Culture," Europaea (1995)
Was Margearet Mead's Fieldwork on Samoan Adolescents Fundamentally Flawed?
Yes: from Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth (Harvard University Press, 1983)
No: from Samoan Village: Then and Now, 2d ed. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1992)
Should Anthropologists Abandon the Concept of Culture?
Yes: from "Writing Against Culture," in Richard G. Fox, ed., Recapturing Anthropology: Working in the Present (School of American Research Press, 1991)
No: from "Writing For Culture: Why a Successful Concept Should Not Be Discarded," Current Anthropology (Supplement, February 1999)
Do Native Peoples Today Invent Their Traditions?
Yes: from "Creating the Past: Custom and Identity in the Contemporary Pacific," The Contemporary Pacific (Spring/Fall 1989)
No: from "Natives and Anthropologists: The Colonial Struggle," The Contemporary Pacific (Spring 1991)
Some Specific Issues in Cultural Anthropology
Is Ebonics (Black English) a Distinct Language from Standard English?
Yes: from "What Is black English? What Is Ebonics?" in Theresa Perry and Lisa Delpit, eds., The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children (Beacon Press, 1998)
No: from "Wasting Energy on an Illusion," The Black Scholar (vol. 27, no. 1, 2001)
Are San Hunter-Gatherers Basically Pastoralists Who Have Lost Their Herds?
Yes: from "Advent and Course of Pastoralism in the Kalahari," Science (December 19, 1986)
No: from The Dobe Ju/'hoansi, 3rd ed. (Wadsworth, 2003)
Does the Natural-Supernatural Distinction Exist in All Cultures?
Yes: "The Supernatural Is Everywhere: Defining Qualities of Religion in Melanesia and Beyond," Anthropological Forum (November 2003)
No: from "Creating a Second-Storey Woman: Introduced Delineation between Natural and Supernatural in Melanesia," Anthropological Forum (November 2003)
Is It Natural for Adopted Children to Want to Find Out About Their Birth Parents?
Yes: from Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness (Basic Books, 1994)
No: from "Anthropology and Adoptioin," American Anthropologist (March 1994)
Do Sexually Egalitarian Societies Exist?
Yes: from Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society (Columbia University Press, 1993)
No: from "Is Patriarchy Inevitable?" National Review (November 11, 1996)
Has the Islamic Revolution in Iran Subjugated Women?
Yes: from "Feminism and Islam in Iran," in Deniz Kandiyoti, ed., Gendering the Middle East: Emerging Perspectives (Syracuse University Press, 1996)
No: from "Sources of Female Power in Iran," in Mahnaz Afkhami and Erika Friedl, eds., In the Eye of the Storm: Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran (Syracuse University Press, 1994)
Are Yanomami Violence and Warfare Natural Human Efforts to Maximize Reproductive Fitness?
Yes: from "Reproductive and Somatic Conflicts of Interest in the Genesis of Violence and Warfare Among Tribesmen," in Jonathan Haas, ed., The Anthropology of War (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
No: from "A Savage Encounter: Western Contact and the Yanomami War Complex," in R. Brian Ferguson and Neil L. Whitehead, eds., War in the Tribal Zone: Expanding States and Indigenous Warfare (School of American Research Press, 2000)
Is Ethnic Conflict Inevitable?
Yes: from "Some Unconscious Aspects of Ethnic Violence in India," in Veena Das, ed., Mirrors of Violence: Communities, Riots and Survivors in South Asia (Oxford University Press, 1990)
No: from "The Manipulation of Ethnicity: From Ethnic Cooperation to Violence and War in Yugoslavia," Ethnic and Racial Studies (November 2000)
Is Islam a Single Universal Tradition?
Yes: from Islam and Muslim History in South Asia (Oxford University Press, 2000)
No: from "For a Folk-Theology and Theological Anthropology of Islam," Contributions to Indian Sociology (July-December, 1984)
Do Some Illnesses Exist Only Among Members of a Particular Culture?
Yes: from "Phii Pob: Spirit Possession in Rural Thailand," in William Lebra, ed., Culture-bound Syndromes, Ethnopsychiatry, and Alternate Therapies, vol. 4 of Mental Health Research in Asia and the Pacific (The University of Hawaii Press, 1976)
No: from Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective (Yale University Press, 1995)
Do Museums Misrepresent Ethnic Communities Around the World?
Yes: from The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art (Harvard University Press, 1988)
No: from "Mythologies of Tribal Art," African Arts (Summer 1995)
Ethics in Cultural Anthropology
Did Napoleon Chagnon and Other Researchers Adversely Affect the Yanomami Indians of Venezuela?
Yes: from The Yanomami and the Ethics of Anthropological Practice (Cornell University Latin American Studies Program, 2001)
No: from Preliminary Report, http://www.anth.ucsb,edu/ucsbpreliminaryreport.pdf (Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara)
Should Anthropologists and Linguists Be Concerned about Losing Endangered Languages?
Yes: from "Endangered Languages," Language (March 1992)
No: from "Another View of Endangered Languages," Language (December 1992)
Should Anthropologists Work to Eliminate the Practice of Female Circumcision?
Yes: from "Ethical Considerations in Anthropology and Archaeology, or Relativism and Justice for All," Journal of Anthropological Research (Spring 1997)
No: from "Female Circumcision in Africa: The Dialectics of Equality," in Richard R. Randolph, David M. Schneider, and May N. Diaz, eds., Dialectics and Gender: Anthropological Approaches (Westview Press, 1988)
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