Distant Mirrors America As a Foreign Culture
Edition: 2nd 1998
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 1998
Size: 7.37" wide x 9.25" long x 0.40" tall
|Understanding Ourselves: About the Third Edition||p. ix|
|One Hundred Percent American||p. 1|
|The American Cultural Configuration||p. 4|
|Body Ritual Among the Nacirema||p. 27|
|Professor Widjojo Goes to a Koktel Parti||p. 32|
|An Outsider's View of American Culture||p. 37|
|Growing Up American: Doing the Right Thing||p. 44|
|My American Glasses||p. 50|
|American Graffiti: Curious Derivatives of Individualism||p. 59|
|The Young, the Rich, and the Famous: Individualism as an American Cultural Value||p. 68|
|America and I||p. 75|
|Encounters with the Elderly in America||p. 84|
|Neighborly Strangers||p. 95|
|Pais de mis Suenos: Reflections on Ethnic Labels, Dichotomies, and Ritual Interactions||p. 102|
|Giving, Withholding, and Meeting Midway: A Poet's Ethnography||p. 110|
|A Russian Teacher in America||p. 122|
|First Impressions: Diary of a French Anthropologist in New York City||p. 139|
|Life and Cultures: The Test of Real Participant Observation||p. 148|
|Learning to Hug: An English Anthropologist's Experiences in North America||p. 162|
|A European Anthropologist's Personal and Ethnographic Impressions of the United States||p. 177|
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