Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology

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"Engaging, intelligent, and intellectually generous, Investigating Culture introduces students to cultural anthropology --- and reintroduces all of us to our everyday worlds as seen through ethnographic eyes. Delaney brings together acute observation, revelatory projects, telling and appropriate comparisons, and an imaginative and stimulating range of readings. A book I'm eager to teach!" Don Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz; President of American Anthropological Association 2001--03 "A splendid achievement. Carol Delaney has written an absorbing and strikingly original introduction to anthropology. Investigating Culture takes students on a self-reflexive journey around the world and back home again. Courageous, conversational, scholarly, and engaging." Carol Stack, University of California, Berkeley "Investigating Culture will be a beacon for the discipline, and a wonderful point of entry to the field for the beginner." Steven Piker, Swarthmore College "A wonderful teaching resource!" Julia Lynn Offen, University of Pennsylvania "[A] unique, timely introduction to anthropology... Many will appreciate Delaney's fresh and innovative approach to tried and true anthropological concepts. Many will also appreciate her more contemporary topical discussions---such as those on space, the body, or clothing---which are much more relevant to students' experience. ... Delaney's text represents what seems to be an important shift in contemporary introductory textbooks, one that recognizes the increased multicultural sophistication of today's student. In that sense, it also represents a move away from the kind of conventional anthropological pedagogy... Students...need textbooks that encourage new levels of understanding which couch their complex experiences within more complex frameworks like history, politics, and economy. In my view, Delaney's book---well-written, well-thought-out, and germane---goes a long way toward narrowing the gap between conventional and more relevant approaches to teaching anthropology." ---The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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"Investigating Culture" offers an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms. This book provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply these ideas to their own lives. It focuses on the ways that humans orient themselves, e.g., in space and time, according to language, food, the body, and the symbols provided by public myth and ritual. Each chapter includes: an introduction framing the central issues, examples from a range of cultures, a selected reading or two, additional suggested readings, and exercises.

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ISBN 10:  0631222375 ISBN 13:  9780631222378
Verlag: Blackwell Publishers, 2003
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