Paradigms for Anthropology: An Ethnographic Reader

Paperback | February 1, 2010

byE. Paul Durrenberger, Suzan Erem

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This new anthology offers ethnographic examples from exotic settings of classical anthropology as well as the more familiar settings of the agrarian Midwest, the Mexican border, the Rust Belt, and the frontiers of the recent economic meltdown. The authors compiled this collection of readingsfrom classics like Bronislaw Malinowski, Eric R. Wolf, Ward Goodenough, Marvin Harris, and Marshall Sahlins with new writings by contemporaries such as Alan Sandstrom, Lisa Gezon, Josiah Heyman, and Dimitra Doukas to provide a clear and riveting introduction to the anthropology of contemporarysocieties. These carefully selected articles illustrate how a variety of anthropologists approach topics such as religion, family, commerce, history, power, and wealth. An introduction to each essay helps students relate their own lives to the ethnographies and helps instructors open students' minds toreplacing prejudice with understanding, ethnocentrism with cultural relativism, and indifference with enthusiasm.

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This new anthology offers ethnographic examples from exotic settings of classical anthropology as well as the more familiar settings of the agrarian Midwest, the Mexican border, the Rust Belt, and the frontiers of the recent economic meltdown. The authors compiled this collection of readingsfrom classics like Bronislaw Malinowski, Eric...

E. Paul Durrenberger was Professor of Anthropology for twenty-five years at the University of Iowa before moving to Pennsylvania State University where he is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology. He has published many influential articles and books. Suzan Erem is a freelance writer for unions and the author of Labor Pains: Inside Americ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.8 × 5.9 × 0.8 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Field Work1. Bronislaw Malinowski: The Early Paradigm on a Pacific Island: Excerpt from Argonauts of the Western Pacific2. Miles Richardson: How It Works in the Global World: "Anthropologist - the Myth Teller"Part II: Cultural Codes3. Ward H. Goodenough: Where Pacific Islanders Live: "Residency Rules"4. Alan R. Sandstrom: Nahua Religion in Mexico: "Anthropology Gets Religion: Cultural Ecology, Pantheism, and Paper Dolls among the Nahua People of Mexico"Part III: Explaining Cultures5. Marvin Harris: Sacred Cows in India: "The Myth of the Sacred Cow"6. Roy A. Rappaport: New Guinea Rituals: "Ritual Regulation of Environmental Relations among a New Guinea People"Part IV: The Importance of History7. Eric R. Wolf: The Origin of Islam: "The Social Organization of Mecca and the Origins of Islam"8. Eric R. Wolf: Community in Mexico and Indonesia: "Closed Corporate Peasant Communities in Mesoamerica and Central Java"9. E. Paul Durrenberger and Gisli Palsson: Household to Firm in Iceland: "Peasants, Entrepreneurs and Companies: The Evolution of Icelandic Fishing"10. Andre Gunder-Frank: The Development of Underdevelopment: "The Development of Underdevelopment"Part V: Power and Culture11. Lisa L. Gezon: Why Khat Is Illegal in Madagascar: "Leaf of Paradise or Aid to Terrorism? Cultural Construction of a Drug Called Khat"12. Josiah Heyman and Howard Campbell: Merging U.S. and Mexican Culture: "Bordering Culture: The U.S.-Mexico Case"13. Dimitra Doukas: Shaping American Culture: "Wealth Unbound: Corporate Capitalism and the Transformation of U.S. Culture"Part VI: Global Processes and Local Systems14. Emine Onaran Incirlioglu: Gender and Households in Turkey: "Households and Gender Relations in Economic Development: A Central Anatolian Village"15. Christian Zlolniski: Informal Economy in California: "Economists' Blind Spot: Field Stories of the Informal Economy among Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley"16. Azizur R. Molla: Water and Health in Bangladesh: "Water: The Other Name of Life - South Asian Perspectives"17. Barbara J. Dilly: Industrial Swine Production in Iowa: "This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home; This Little Piggy Got Roast Beef, This Little Piggy Got None: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Effects of Changing Systems of Swine Production in Iowa"18. Bob Marshall: Cooperatives in Japan: "Japan's Worker Co-operative Movement into the Twenty-First Century"Part VII: Where Do Individuals Fit?19. Kathleen M. Adams: Responses to Tourism in Indonesia: "Ethnic Tourism and the Renegotiation of Tradition in Tana Toraja"20. Lawrence A. Kuznar: Individuals in Systems: "The Sims Meet Anthropology: The Use of Computer Simulation to Harness Social Complexity"