Invitation to Anthropology

Author: Luke Eric Lassiter
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780759122550
Release Date: 2014-01-09
Genre: Social Science

In this concise introduction to cultural anthropology, now in its 4th edition, Lassiter takes a fresh and accessible approach to stimulating student interest in the human experience. He uses timely and engaging examples to showcase the ongoing relevance of anthropology today. He also explores how the anthropological perspective can be applied to real-world problems on the local, regional, and global scale. The 4th edition features updates and clarifications throughout the text, including expanded discussion of evolution, language, fieldwork, gender identities, and belief systems. New “Anthropology Here and Now” sidebars encourage readers to delve deeper into particular subjects and to connect with current and ongoing conversations among working anthropologists. Taken as a whole, the book serves as an ideal text for introductory undergraduate courses.

Invitation to Anthropology

Author: Luke Eric Lassiter
Publisher: AltaMira Press
ISBN: 9781461666844
Release Date: 2008-12-16
Genre: Social Science

A newer edition of this book is available for ordering at the following web address: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759122543 Luke Eric Lassiter's concise introductory text to cultural anthropology offers a fresh and accessible approach for students. His message about the relevance of anthropology is timely and engaging, and illustrates the varied and valuable applications of the anthropological perspective for real world problems on the local, regional, and global scale. This book is an ideal text for undergraduate students, and can be easily supplemented with case studies in anthropology.

An Invitation to Anthropology

Author: Josep R. Llobera
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1571815988
Release Date: 2003-01
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.

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.

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.

The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography

Author: Luke E. Lassiter
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226468907
Release Date: 2005-09-15
Genre: Reference

Collaboration between ethnographers and subjects has long been a product of the close, intimate relationships that define ethnographic research. But increasingly, collaboration is no longer viewed as merely a consequence of fieldwork; instead collaboration now preconditions and shapes research design as well as its dissemination. As a result, ethnographic subjects are shifting from being informants to being consultants. The emergence of collaborative ethnography highlights this relationship between consultant and ethnographer, moving it to center stage as a calculated part not only of fieldwork but also of the writing process itself. The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography presents a historical, theoretical, and practice-oriented road map for this shift from incidental collaboration to a more conscious and explicit collaborative strategy. Luke Eric Lassiter charts the history of collaborative ethnography from its earliest implementation to its contemporary emergence in fields such as feminism, humanistic anthropology, and critical ethnography. On this historical and theoretical base, Lassiter outlines concrete steps for achieving a more deliberate and overt collaborative practice throughout the processes of fieldwork and writing. As a participatory action situated in the ethical commitments between ethnographers and consultants and focused on the co-construction of texts, collaborative ethnography, argues Lassiter, is among the most powerful ways to press ethnographic fieldwork and writing into the service of an applied and public scholarship. A comprehensive and highly accessible handbook for ethnographers of all stripes, The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography will become a fixture in the development of a critical practice of anthropology, invaluable to both undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty alike.

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.

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.

Marriage and Civilization

Author: William Tucker
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
ISBN: 9781621572190
Release Date: 2014-02-03
Genre: Political Science

William Tucker documents the historical and anthropological story behind how monogamous, lifelong partnerships are the driving force behind the creation and rise of civilization.

Phenomenology in Anthropology

Author: Kalpana Ram
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253017802
Release Date: 2015-10-19
Genre: Social Science

This volume explores what phenomenology adds to the enterprise of anthropology, drawing on and contributing to a burgeoning field of social science research inspired by the phenomenological tradition in philosophy. Essays by leading scholars ground their discussions of theory and method in richly detailed ethnographic case studies. The contributors broaden the application of phenomenology in anthropology beyond the areas in which it has been most influential—studies of sensory perception, emotion, bodiliness, and intersubjectivity—into new areas of inquiry such as martial arts, sports, dance, music, and political discourse.

Invitations to Love

Author: Laura M. Ahearn
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472067842
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Family & Relationships

A discussion of the implications of the emergence of love-letter correspondences for social relations in Nepal

Clifford Geertz in Morocco

Author: Susan Slyomovics
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317988175
Release Date: 2013-09-13
Genre: Social Science

Between 1963 and 1986, eminent American anthropologists Clifford and Hildred Geertz - together and alone - conducted ethnographic fieldwork for varying periods in Sefrou, a town situated in north-central Morocco, south of Fez. This book considers Geertz’s contributions to sociocultural theory and symbolic anthropology. Clifford Geertz made an immense impact on the American academy: his interpretative and symbolic approaches reoriented anthropology analytically away from classic social science presuppositions, while his publications profoundly influenced both North American and Maghribi researchers alike. After his death at the age of 80 on October 30, 2006, scholars from local, national, and international universities gathered at the University of California, Los Angeles, to analyze his contributions to sociocultural theory and symbolic anthropology in relation to Islam; ideas of the sacred; Morocco’s cityscapes (notably Sefrou’s bazaar or suq); colonialism and post-independence economic development; gender, and political structures at the household and village levels. This book looks back to a specific era of American anthropology beginning in the 1960s as it unfolded in Morocco; and at the same time, the contributions examine new lines of enquiry that opened up after key texts by Geertz were translated into French and introduced to generations of francophone Maghribi researchers who sustain lively and inventive meditations on his Morocco writings. This book was published as a special issue of Journal of North African Studies.

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.