Invitation to Anthropology

Author: Luke E. Lassiter
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759111537
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Social Science

Lassiter's accessible introduction to anthropology encourages students to evaluate its relevance in our increasingly complex world. Part I focuses on the underlying assumptions and concepts that have driven anthropological theory and practice since its modern inception. Part II explores cross-cultural human issues showing how anthropological studies offer relevant insight into human beings and valuable models for thinking and acting. Invitation to Anthropology is an ideal text for undergraduate students, easily supplemented with case studies in anthropology.

An Invitation to Anthropology

Author: Josep R. Llobera
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1571815988
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Social Science

Synthesizing British, French and American traditions, this stimulating and accessible text presents a comprehensive and fascinating introduction to social and cultural anthropology. It offers an original approach through integrating knowledge produced from a variety of perspectives, placing cultural and social anthropology in a wider context including macro-sociological concepts and reference to biological evolution. Written in a clear and concise style, it conveys to the student the complexities of a discipline focusing on the structure, evolution and cultural identity of human societies up to the present day. The text consists of four major parts: the scope and method of anthropology, a conceptual and institutional overview, the evolution of the structure of human societies, and the cultural politics of race, ethnicity, nationalism and multiculturalism.

Invitation to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Author: K. N. Dash
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
ISBN: 8126903236
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Anthropology

Invitation To Social And Cultural Anthropology Is Highly Useful Book For The Students At Degree Level Of Different Universities And Civil Service Examinees. Keeping In View The Requirements Of Students Of Both The Categories, The Book Includes Some Special Topics Like Fieldwork, Tribal Situation In India, And Problems Of Tribals And Tribal Welfare In India Besides The Traditional Topics Of Social And Cultural Anthropology. This Would Provide The Readers With A Helpful Frame Of Reference. All Possible Attempts Have Been Made To Cite The Examples From Vast Materials Of Indian Ethnographic Data To Help The Students To Develop A Clear Perception On The Indian Anthropology. The Uniqueness Of The Book Lies Not Only In The Incorporation Of The Data, Both Of Indian As Well As Those Of The Other Societies Of The Rest Of The World On A Comparative Basis, But Also In The Application Of Social And Cultural Anthropology For The Welfare Of The Tribal Societies In India Which May Cater To The Requirements Of Administrators And Policy Makers In Solving The Problems Of Tribals In India. The Book Would Effectively Help The Target Groups To Understand The Science Of Social And Cultural Anthropology In A Broader Perspective As Very Few Books Are Available On This Topic In The Indian Context.

Introducing Cultural Anthropology

Author: Brian M. Howell
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9780801038877
Release Date: 2010-12-01
Genre: Religion

This concise introductory cultural anthropology textbook gives special attention to issues of concern to Christians and features plentiful maps, photos, and sidebars.

Up Down and Sideways

Author: Rachael Stryker
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781782384021
Release Date: 2014-08-30
Genre: Political Science

Using a "vertical slice" approach, anthropologists critically analyze the relationship between undemocratic uses and abuses of power and the survival of the human species. The contributors scrutinize modern institutions in a variety of regions-from Russia and Mexico to South Korea and the U.S. Up, Down, and Sideways is an ethnographic examination of such phenomena as debtculture, global financial crises, food insecurity, indigenous land and resource appropriation, the mismanagement of health care, andcorporate surrogacy within family life. With a preface by Laura Nader, this isessential reading for anyone seeking solid theories and concrete methods to inform activist scholarship.

Explorations in Cultural Anthropology

Author: Colleen E. Boyd
Publisher: Altamira Press
ISBN: 0759109532
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Social Science

A collection of readings chosen to demonstrate varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective to real-world problems is organized into nine themes including Culture, Belief Systems and Socio-economic and Political Systems in a Changing World. Simultaneous.

An Invitation to Laughter

Author: Fuad I. Khuri
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226434759
Release Date: 2008-09-15
Genre: Social Science

For the late Fuad I. Khuri, a distinguished career as an anthropologist began not because of typical concerns like accessibility, money, or status, but because the very idea of an occupation that baffled his countrymen made them—and him—laugh. “When I tell them that ‘anthropology’ is my profession . . . they think I am either speaking a strange language or referring to a new medicine.” This profound appreciation for humor, especially in the contradictions inherent in the study of cultures, is a distinctive theme of An Invitation to Laughter, Khuri’s astute memoir of life as an anthropologist in the Middle East. A Christian Lebanese, Khuri offers up in this unusual autobiography both an insider’s and an outsider’s perspective on life in Lebanon, elsewhere in the Middle East, and in West Africa. Khuri entertains and informs with clever insights into such issues as the mentality of Arabs toward women, eating habits of the Arab world, the impact of Islam on West Africa, and the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy Arabs, and even offers a vision for a type of democracy that could succeed in the Middle East. In his life and work, as these astonishing essays make evident, Khuri demonstrated how the discipline of anthropology continues to make a difference in bridging dangerous divides.

An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology

Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226067416
Release Date: 1992-07-15
Genre: Social Science

Over the last three decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory and research of the post war era. Yet, despite the influence of his work, no single introduction to his wide-ranging oeuvre is available. This book, intended for an English-speaking audience, offers a systematic and accessible overview, providing interpretive keys to the internal logic of Bourdieu's work by explicating thematic and methodological principles underlying his work. The structure of Bourdieu's theory of knowledge, practice, and society is first dissected by Loic Wacquant; he then collaborates with Bourdieu in a dialogue in which they discuss central concepts of Bourdieu's work, confront the main objections and criticisms his work has met, and outline Bourdieu's views of the relation of sociology to philosophy, economics, history, and politics. The final section captures Bourdieu in action in the seminar room as he addresses the topic of how to practice the craft of reflexive sociology. Throughout, they stress Bourdieu's emphasis on reflexivity—his inclusion of a theory of intellectual practice as an integral component of a theory of society—and on method—particularly his manner of posing problems that permits a transfer of knowledge from one area of inquiry into another. Amplified by notes and an extensive bibliography, this synthetic view is essential reading for both students and advanced scholars.

Invitation to World Missions

Author: Timothy C. Tennent
Publisher: Kregel Academic
ISBN: 9780825438837
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Religion

A primary resource introducing missions for the passionate follower of Christ

Human Origins

Author: Camilla Power
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781785333798
Release Date: 2016-12-30
Genre: Social Science

Human Origins brings together new thinking by social anthropologists and other scholars on the evolution of human culture and society. No other discipline has more relevant expertise to consider the emergence of humans as the symbolic species. Yet, social anthropologists have been conspicuously absent from debates about the origins of modern humans. These contributions explore why that is, and how social anthropology can shed light on early kinship and economic relations, gender politics, ritual, cosmology, ethnobiology, medicine, and the evolution of language.

The Anthropology of Turquoise

Author: Ellen Meloy
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307481535
Release Date: 2008-11-26
Genre: Nature

In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape. From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep canyons of the Southwest, we journey with Meloy through vistas of both great beauty and great desecration. Her keen vision makes us look anew at ancestral mountains, turquoise seas, and even motel swimming pools. She introduces us to Navajo “velvet grandmothers” whose attire and aesthetics absorb the vivid palette of their homeland, as well as to Persians who consider turquoise the life-saving equivalent of a bullet-proof vest. Throughout, Meloy invites us to appreciate along with her the endless surprises in all of life and celebrates the seduction to be found in our visual surroundings.

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Author: Ruth Benedict
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547525143
Release Date: 2006-01-25
Genre: Social Science

Essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese culture, this unsurpassed masterwork opens an intriguing window on Japan. Benedict’s World War II–era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a revealing look at how and why our cultures differ, making it the perfect introduction to Japanese history and customs.

Marxism and Anthropology

Author: Maurice Bloch
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136549007
Release Date: 2013-10-11
Genre: Social Science

This book examines the uses made of anthropology by Marx and Engels, and the uses made of Marxism by anthropologists. Looking at the writings of Marx and Engels on primitive societies, the book evaluates their views in the light of present knowledge and draws attention to inconsistencies in their analysis of pre-capitalist societies. These inconsistencies can be traced to the influence of contemporary anthropologists who regarded primitive societies as classless. As Marxist theory was built around the idea of class, without this concept the conventional Marxist analysis foundered. First published in 1983.

E T Culture

Author: Debbora Battaglia
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822387015
Release Date: 2006-01-09
Genre: Social Science

Anthropologists have long sought to engage and describe foreign or “alien” societies, yet few have considered the fluid communities centered around a shared belief in alien beings and UFO sightings and their effect on popular and expressive culture. Opening up a new frontier for anthropological study, the contributors to E.T. Culture take these communities seriously. They demonstrate that an E.T. orientation toward various forms of visitation—including alien beings, alien technologies, and uncanny visions—engages primary concepts underpinning anthropological research: host and visitor, home and away, subjectivity and objectivity. Taking the point of view of those who commit to sci-fi as sci-fact, contributors to this volume show how discussions and representations of otherworldly beings express concerns about racial and ethnic differences, the anxieties and fascination associated with modern technologies, and alienation from the inner workings of government. Drawing on social science, science studies, linguistics, popular and expressive culture, and social and intellectual history, the writers of E.T. Culture unsettle the boundaries of science, magic, and religion as well as those of technological and human agency. They consider the ways that sufferers of “unmarked” diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome come to feel alien to both the “healthy” world and the medical community incapable of treating them; the development of alien languages like Klingon; attempts to formulate a communications technology—such as that created for the spaceship Voyager—that will reach alien beings; the pilgrimage spirit of UFO seekers; the out-of-time experiences of Nobel scientists; the embrace of the alien within Japanese animation and fan culture; and the physical spirituality of the Raëlian religious network. Contributors. Debbora Battaglia, Richard Doyle, Joseph Dumit, Mizuko Ito, Susan Lepselter, Christopher Roth, David Samuels