Distant Mirrors America As a Foreign Culture

ISBN-10: 0534257348

ISBN-13: 9780534257347

Edition: 2nd 1998

Authors: Philip R. DeVita, James D. Armstrong

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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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List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wadsworth
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.37" wide x 9.25" long x 0.40" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Understanding Ourselves: About the Third Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
One Hundred Percent Americanp. 1
The American Cultural Configurationp. 4
Body Ritual Among the Naciremap. 27
Professor Widjojo Goes to a Koktel Partip. 32
An Outsider's View of American Culturep. 37
Growing Up American: Doing the Right Thingp. 44
My American Glassesp. 50
American Graffiti: Curious Derivatives of Individualismp. 59
The Young, the Rich, and the Famous: Individualism as an American Cultural Valuep. 68
America and Ip. 75
Encounters with the Elderly in Americap. 84
Neighborly Strangersp. 95
Pais de mis Suenos: Reflections on Ethnic Labels, Dichotomies, and Ritual Interactionsp. 102
Giving, Withholding, and Meeting Midway: A Poet's Ethnographyp. 110
A Russian Teacher in Americap. 122
First Impressions: Diary of a French Anthropologist in New York Cityp. 139
Life and Cultures: The Test of Real Participant Observationp. 148
Learning to Hug: An English Anthropologist's Experiences in North Americap. 162
A European Anthropologist's Personal and Ethnographic Impressions of the United Statesp. 177
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