Paradigms for Anthropology An Ethnographic Reader

ISBN-10: 0199945896

ISBN-13: 9780199945894

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Authors: E. Paul Durrenberger, Suzan Erem

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This new anthology offers ethnographies from classical anthropology and the more familiar settings of the agrarian Midwest, the Mexican border, the Rust Belt, and the frontiers of the recent economic meltdown. The authors have compiled readings from such classics as Bronislaw Malinowski, Eric R. Wolf, Ward Goodenough, Marvin Harris, and Marshall Sahlins with new writings by contemporaries like Alan Sandstrom, Lisa Gezon, Josiah Heyman, and Dimitra Doukas in order to provide a clear and riveting introduction to the anthropology of contemporary societies.These carefully selected articles illustrate how a variety of anthropologists approach such topics as religion, family, commerce, history, power, and wealth. An introduction to each essay helps students relate their own lives to the ethnographies and assists instructors in opening students' minds to replacing prejudice with understanding, ethnocentrism with cultural relativism, and indifference with enthusiasm.
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Book details

List price: $70.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

E. Paul Durrenberger was Professor of Anthropology for twenty-five years at the University of Iowa before moving to Penn State. He has published many influential articles and books.

Suzan Erem is a freelance writer for unions and author of Labor Pains: Inside America's New Union Movement (Monthly Review Press 2001). They are coauthors of Class Acts: An Anthropology of Service Workers and Their Union (Paradigm 2005).

Field Work
The Early Paradigm on a Pacific Island: Excerpt from Argonauts of the Western Pacific
How It Works in the Global World: "Anthropologist: the Myth Teller"
Cultural Codes
Where Pacific Islanders Live: "Residency Rules"
Nahua Religion in Mexico: "Anthropology Gets Religion: Cultural Ecology, Pantheism, and Paper Dolls among the Nahua People of Mexico"
Explaining Cultures
Sacred Cows in India: "The Myth of the Sacred Cow"
New Guinea Rituals: "Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations among a New Guinea People"
The Importance of History
The Origin of Islam: "The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam"
Community in Mexico and Indonesia: "Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java"
Household to Firm in Iceland: "Peasants, Entrepreneurs and Companies: The Evolution of Icelandic Fishing"
The Development of Underdevelopment: "The Development of Underdevelopment"
Power and Culture
Why Khat Is Illegal in Madagascar: "Leaf of Paradise or Aid to Terrorism? Cultural Construction of a Drug Called Khat"
Merging U.S. and Mexican Culture: "Bordering Culture: The U.S.-Mexico Case"
Shaping American Culture: "Wealth Unbound: Corporate Capitalism and the Transformation of U.S. Culture"
Global Processes and Local Systems
Gender and Households in Turkey: "Households and Gender Relations in Economic Development: A Central Anatolian Village"
Informal Economy in California: "Economists' Blind Spot: Field Stories of the Informal Economy among Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley"
Water and Health in Bangladesh: "Water: The Other Name of Life: South Asian Perspectives"
Industrial Swine Production in Iowa: "This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home; This Little Piggy Got Roast Beef, This Little Piggy Got None: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Effects of Changing Systems of Swine Production in Iowa"
Cooperatives in Japan: "Japan's Worker Co-operative Movement into the Twenty-First Century"
Where Do Individuals Fit?
Responses to Tourism in Indonesia: "Ethnic Tourism and the Renegotiation of Tradition in Tana Toraja"
Individuals in Systems: "The Sims Meet Anthropology: The Use of Computer Simulation to Harness Social Complexity"
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