We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

  • Purchase
  • Send feedback
  • Also available as:

    Ebook

Cover

Cultural Anthropology

Contemporary, Public, and Critical Readings

Second Edition

Keri Vacanti Brondo

Publication Date - August 2019

ISBN: 9780190925239

560 pages
Paperback
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $56.95

An inclusive, contemporary cultural anthropology reader with an emphasis on public and critical selections

Description

Cultural Anthropology: Contemporary, Public, and Critical Readings, Second Edition, helps students think anthropologically by introducing core concepts through engaging case studies. These timely readings will generate discussion among students regarding the value of an anthropological perspective in the modern world. While the selections represent a range of geographic and cultural areas, the book includes many U.S.-based fieldwork examples so that students are inspired to think anthropologically "in their own backyards." Several case studies offer examples of anthropology in action, and special features throughout the text profile anthropological application through news stories ("In the News") and interviews ("Anthropology in Practice").

New to this Edition

  • Twenty-two new selections, including several new readings on politics and the economy
  • An expanded introduction addressing the history and theory of the discipline
  • A new table showing readings by topic and where they are cross-referenced
  • Definitions with key terms at the end of every part with corresponding page numbers
  • New sections on economics and cultures of capitalism; power, politics, and violence; migration and displacement; and gender and sexuality
  • Six new "Anthropology in Action" profiles--including Paul Farmer, Jason de Leon, Riche Barnes, Andrea Louie, Debra Rodman, and Gina Athena Ulysse--and updated recurring profiles

About the Author(s)

Keri Vacanti Brondo is Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology at the University of Memphis.

Reviews

"Cultural Anthropology is a well-designed reader. Its strengths are a combination of new materials and 'classics,' a strong emphasis on practicing anthropology, and materials for enhancing student understanding of critically-engaged anthropology."--Alexa Dietrich, Wagner College

"The writing in Cultural Anthropology is quite good, and my students enjoy the readings. There's enough classic anthropology to meet my needs, as well as more current topics that speak to students' experiences of the world. The text is very up to date."--Fae Grace Goodman, Central Carolina Community College

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    To the Student
    To the Instructor
    Practicing Anthropology Today: Being Critically Applied and Publicly Engaged

    Part 1: Thinking Anthropologically & Doing Fieldwork

    Introduction: Thinking Anthropologically & Doing Fieldwork
    1.1 Eating Christmas in the Kalahari by Richard Lee Borshay
    1.2 Cultural Relativism and Universal Human Rights by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
    1.3 Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others by Lila Abu-Lughod
    1.4 Is Native Anthropology Really Possible? by Takeyuki Tsuda
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Jim Yong Kim

    Part 2: Communicating Culture: Language and Expressive Culture

    Introduction: Communicating Culture: Language and Expressive Culture
    2.1 The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles by Emily Martin
    2.2 What Are You Laughing At? Assessing the "Racial" in U.S. Public Discourse by John Hartigan Jr.
    2.3 Speaking Like a Model Minority: "FOB" Styles, Gender, and Racial Meanings Among Desi Teens in Silicon Valley by Shalini Shankar
    2.4 Anything Can Happen on YouTube (or Can It?): Endangered Language and New Media by Jillian R. Cavanaugh
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Bernard Perley

    Part 3: Globalization, Development, and Relief

    Introduction: Globalization, Development, and Relief
    3.1 Being Indigenous in the 21st Century by Wilma Mankiller
    3.2 How Sushi Went Global by Theodore C. Bestor
    3.3 Hot Money Cold Beer: Navigating the Vanilla and Rosewood Export Economies in Northeastern Madagascar by Annah Zhu
    3.4 Islamic Philanthropy and the Expansion of Technology in Morocco by Hsain Ilahiane
    3.5 Whose Development? Service-Learning Abroad and Discourses on "Doing Good" by Natalie J. Bourdon
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Barbara Rose Johnson

    Part 4: Economies and Cultures of Capitalism

    Introduction: Economies and Cultures of Capitalism
    4.1 Reciprocity and the Power of Giving by Lee Cronk
    4.2 Money as Inadequate Substitute by David Graeber
    4.3 Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street by Karen Ho
    4.4 The Making of Disaster by Vincanne Adams
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Melissa Cefkin

    Part 5: Power, Politics, and Violence

    Introduction: Power, Politics, Conflict, and Violence
    5.1 An Anthropology of Structural Violence by Paul Farmer
    5.2 The Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Connecting Militarism, Neoliberalism and Multiculturalism to Understand Violence by Zachery Shane Kalish Blair
    5.3 10 Points of War by Brian Ferguson
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Laura McNamara

    Part 6: Migration and Displacement

    Introduction: Migration and Displacement
    6.1 Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Minors in U.S. Immigration Custody by Susan Terrio
    6.2 The Non-National in Jordan: Statelessness as Structural Violence Among Gaza Refugees in Jordan by Michael Vicente Perez
    6.3 The End of Refugees? Forced Migration and the New World Disorder by Tricia Redeker Hepner
    6.4 Chingonx Aquí y Allá (Badass Here and There): Binational Organizing in an Era of Mass Deportation by Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz and Ana Laura López
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Jason de León

    Part 7: Belief Systems

    Introduction: Belief Systems
    7.1 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema by Horace Minor
    7.2 Baseball Magic by George Gmelch
    7.3 "No Peace in the House": Witchcraft Accusations as an "Old Woman's Problem" in Ghana by Alexandra Crampton
    7.4 Religion and Power: Entertainment in Creationist Publicity by James Bielo
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Tanya Marie Luhrmann

    Part 8: Kinship and Family

    Introduction: Kinship and Family
    81 When Brothers Share a Wife by Melvyn C. Goldstein
    8.2 Negotiating Land and Authority in Central Mozambique by Michael Madison Walker
    8.3 Death Without Weeping by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Andrea Louie
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Riché J. Daniel Barnes

    Part 9: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

    Introduction: Gender and Sexuality
    9.1 Hijra and Sadhin: Neither Man nor Woman in India by Serena Nanda
    9.2 'God Forgives the Sin but not the Scandal': Coming out in a transnational context - between sexual freedom and cultural isolation by Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila
    9.3 Performing Gender Identity: Young Men's Talk and the Construction of Heterosexual Masculinity by Deborah Cameron
    9.4 Virginity Testing as a Local Public Health Initiative: A "Preventative Ritual" More Than a "Diagnostic Measure" by Annette Wickström
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Megan E. Springate
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Meryl Lauer

    Part 10: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Inequality

    Introduction: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Inequality
    10.1 Can White Men Jump? Ethnicity, Genes, Culture, and Success by David Shenk
    10.2 Maintaining Whiteness: The Fear of Others and Niceness by Setha Low
    10.3 Birthdays, Basketball, and Breaking Bread: Negotiating with Class in Contemporary Black America by John L. Jackson Jr.
    10.4 Building Body, Making Face, Doing Love; Mass Media and the Configuration of Class and Gender in Kathmandu by Mark Leitchy
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Raymond Codrington

    Part 11: Medical Anthropology

    Introduction: Medical Anthropology
    11.1 Migrant Farmworkers and the Pain of Picking by Seth Holmes
    11.2 Bad Biocitizens? Latinos and the U.S. Obesity Epidemic by Susan Greenhalgh and Megan Carney
    11.3 A Community of Addicted Bodies by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg
    11.4 Living with a Thousand Cuts: Self-Cutting, Agency, and Mental Illness Among Adolescents by Thomas J. Csordas and Janis H. Jenkins
    11.5 Democracy as Social Action: Home Birth, Midwives, and the Push for State Licensure by Tara Hefferan
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Ippolytos Kalofonos

    Part 12: Environmental Anthropology and Foodways

    Introduction: Environmental Anthropology and Foodways
    12.1 Seeing Conservation Through a Global Lens by James Igoe
    12.2 Gimi Theories of Possession, Dispossession, and Accumulation by Paige West
    12.3 "If We Didn't Have Water": Black Women's Struggle for Urban Land Rights in Brazil by Keisha-Khan Y. Perry
    12.4 American Meat by Donald D. Stull
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Micah Trapp
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Shirley Fiske
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Fabiana Li

    Part 13: Media and Visual Anthropology

    Introduction: Media and Visual Anthropology
    13.1 #Ferguson: Digital Protest, Hashtag Ethnography, and the Racial Politics of Social Media in the United States by Yarimar Bonilla and Jonathan Rosa
    13.2 Navigating (Virtual) Jamaica: Online Diasporic Contact Zones by Bianca Williams
    13.3 Policing Childhood through The Learning Channels' Toddlers in Tiaras by Andrea Freidus
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Neera Singh
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Karen Nakamura

    Part 14: Anthropology in the Here and Now

    Introduction: Anthropology in the Here and Now
    14.1 I Want to Be an Anthropologist . . . by Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins
    14.2 On the Mundane Significance of Bike Lanes . . . And the Pursuit of Anthropology in the Here and Now by Luis A. Vivanco
    14.3 Growing up with the AnthropoGENE in the Anthropocene by Kathryn T. Yegorov-Crate and Susan A. Crate
    14.4 Once an Anthropologist: On Being Critically Applied and Publically Engaged by Alisse Waterston
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: The Honorable Debra Rodman, Ph.D.
    ANTHROPOLOGY IN PRACTICE: Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse

    Glossary
    References

Related Titles