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Anthropology of Los Angeles

Anthropology of Los Angeles [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1498528546
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The Anthropology of Los Angeles: Place and Agency in an Urban Setting questions the production and representations of both the real and imagined L.A. by documenting hidden histories that portray a collision of elements, including race, class, gender, identity, food, and space.

The Anthropology of Sport

The Anthropology of Sport [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0520963814
Author: Niko Besnier,Susan Brownell,Thomas F. Carter
Publisher: Univ of California Press
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The Anthropology of Sport by Niko Besnier,Susan Brownell,Thomas F. Carter Book Resume:

Few activities bring together physicality, emotions, politics, money, and morality as dramatically as sport. In Brazil’s stadiums or China’s parks, on Cuba’s baseball diamonds or Fiji’s rugby fields, human beings test their physical limits, invest emotional energy, bet money, perform witchcraft, and ingest substances. Sport is a microcosm of what life is about. The Anthropology of Sport explores how sport both shapes and is shaped by the social, cultural, political, and historical contexts in which we live. Core themes discussed in this book include the body, modernity, nationalism, the state, citizenship, transnationalism, globalization, and gender and sexuality.

The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft

The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1315532158
Author: Rebecca Stein,Philip L. Stein
Publisher: Routledge
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The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft by Rebecca Stein,Philip L. Stein Book Resume:

This concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material. The fourth edition of The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft offers: • increased coverage of new religious movements, fundamentalism, and religion and conflict/violence; • fresh case study material with examples drawn from around the globe; • further resources via a comprehensive companion website. This is an essential guide for students encountering anthropology of religion for the first time.

Anthropology of Pregnancy Loss

Anthropology of Pregnancy Loss [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1000325636
Author: Rosanne Cecil
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Anthropology of Pregnancy Loss by Rosanne Cecil Book Resume:

How much influence does culture have on a mother's reactions to pregnancy loss? At what stage is a fetus attributed with human status? How does this affect the mother's reactions to the loss of a baby?Contemporary, historical and oral-history accounts from regions as diverse as rural North India, urban America, South Africa and Northern Ireland, provide a fascinating insight into the experience and management of miscarriage across a number of different cultures. The authors explore how the social, technological and medical context in which miscarriages occur can affect the ways in which women experience such an event. In the West, advances in medical technology, a low infant-mortality rate and a low birth rate have raised expectations as to the successful outcome of each pregnancy. In addition, the early confirmation of pregnancy makes consequent pregnancy loss -- which might have gone unnoticed or unconfirmed in the past -- all the more difficult for mothers in the West. Yet, mourning rituals and behaviour at a pregnancy loss, which may be elaborate in some societies, are generally considered to be inappropriate in many Western societies. Differing social beliefs regarding the causes of miscarriage, preventative measures and curative treatments are also examined. Medical anthropologists, sociologists and health professionals will all find this book fascinating reading.

The Future of Visual Anthropology

The Future of Visual Anthropology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134247141
Author: Sarah Pink
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The Future of Visual Anthropology by Sarah Pink Book Resume:

From an eminent author in the field, The Future of Visual Anthropology develops a new approach to visual anthropology and presents a groundbreaking examination of developments within the field and the way forward for the subdiscipline in the twenty-first century. The explosion of visual media in recent years has generated a wide range of visual and digital technologies which have transformed visual research and analysis. The result is an exciting new interdisciplinary approach of great potential influence for the future of social/cultural anthropology. Sarah Pink argues that this potential can be harnessed by engaging visual anthropology with its wider contexts, including: the increasing use of visual research methods across the social sciences and humanities the growth in popularity of the visual as methodology and object of analysis within mainstream anthropology and applied anthropology the growing interest in 'anthropology of the senses' and media anthropology the development of new visual technologies that allow anthropologists to work in new ways. This book has immense interdisciplinary potential, and is essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners of visual anthropology, media anthropology, visual cultural studies, media studies and sociology.

The Anthropology of Welfare

The Anthropology of Welfare [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134700679
Author: Iain Edgar,Andrew Russell
Publisher: Routledge
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The Anthropology of Welfare by Iain Edgar,Andrew Russell Book Resume:

The Anthropology of Welfare provides an overview of what anthropology has to offer welfare studies and vice-versa. Case studies from anthropologists in the field, examine different branches of welfare and community care, for example: * Maternity services * Children with learning difficulties * Children's homes * Mothers' centres * People with HIV * Mental health centres * Housing * Care and provision for the elderly. Contributors focus on comparative welfare systems - examples are taken from urban and rural areas of the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand. In each case the theoretical and methodological appropriateness of social anthropology for the study of welfare, and the insights gained by bringing anthropology and welfare together are examined. The Anthropology of Welfare will be essential reading for those studying anthropology, social work and social policy and will be of interest to teachers, practitioners and researchers in applied social welfare fields.

The Anthropology of Ignorance

The Anthropology of Ignorance [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137033126
Author: C. High,A. Kelly,J. Mair
Publisher: Springer
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The Anthropology of Ignorance by C. High,A. Kelly,J. Mair Book Resume:

The question of ignorance occupies a central place in anthropological theory and practice. This volume argues that the concept of ignorance has largely been pursued as the opposite of knowledge or even its obverse. Though they cover wide empirical ground - from clients of a fertility treatment center in New York to families grappling with suicide in Greenland - contributors share a commitment to understanding the concept as a productive, social practice. Ultimately, The Anthropology of Ignorance asks whether an academic commitment to knowledge can be squared with lived significance of ignorance and how taking it seriously might alter anthropological research practices.

The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology

The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317743784
Author: Lenore Manderson,Elizabeth Cartwright,Anita Hardon
Publisher: Routledge
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The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology by Lenore Manderson,Elizabeth Cartwright,Anita Hardon Book Resume:

The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology provides a contemporary overview of the key themes in medical anthropology. In this exciting departure from conventional handbooks, compendia and encyclopedias, the three editors have written the core chapters of the volume, and in so doing, invite the reader to reflect on the ethnographic richness and theoretical contributions of research on the clinic and the field, bioscience and medical research, infectious and non-communicable diseases, biomedicine, complementary and alternative modalities, structural violence and vulnerability, gender and ageing, reproduction and sexuality. As a way of illustrating the themes, a rich variety of case studies are included, presented by over 60 authors from around the world, reflecting the diverse cultural contexts in which people experience health, illness, and healing. Each chapter and its case studies are introduced by a photograph, reflecting medical and visual anthropological responses to inequality and vulnerability. An indispensible reference in this fastest growing area of anthropological study, The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology is a unique and innovative contribution to the field.

A Companion to Psychological Anthropology

A Companion to Psychological Anthropology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0470997222
Author: Conerly Casey,Robert B. Edgerton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Companion to Psychological Anthropology by Conerly Casey,Robert B. Edgerton Book Resume:

This Companion provides the first definitive overview of psychocultural anthropology: a subject that focuses on cultural, psychological, and social interrelations across cultures. Brings together original essays by leading scholars in the field Offers an in-depth exploration of the concepts and topics that have emerged through contemporary ethnographic work and the processes of global change Key issues range from studies of consciousness and time, emotion, cognition, dreaming, and memory, to the lingering effects of racism and ethnocentrism, violence, identity and subjectivity

Fast-Forward Family

Fast-Forward Family [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0520955099
Author: Elinor Ochs,Tamar Kremer-Sadlik
Publisher: Univ of California Press
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Fast-Forward Family by Elinor Ochs,Tamar Kremer-Sadlik Book Resume:

Called "the most unusually voyeuristic anthropology study ever conducted" by the New York Times, this groundbreaking book provides an unprecedented glimpse into modern-day American families. In a study by the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives and Families, researchers tracked the daily lives of 32 dualworker middle class Los Angeles families between 2001 and 2004. The results are startling, and enlightening. Fast-Forward Family shines light on a variety of issues that face American families: the differing stress levels among parents; the problem of excessive clutter in the American home; the importance (and decline) of the family meal; the vanishing boundaries that once separated work and home life; and the challenges for parents as they try to reconcile ideals regarding what it means to be a good parent, a good worker, and a good spouse. Though there are also moments of connection, affection, and care, it’s evident that life for 21st century working parents is frenetic, with extended work hours, children’s activities, chores, meals to prepare, errands to run, and bills to pay.

Culture and Retardation

Culture and Retardation [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9400937113
Author: L.L. Langness,Harold G. Levine
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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Culture and Retardation by L.L. Langness,Harold G. Levine Book Resume:

Mental retardation in the United States is currently defined as " ... signif icantly subaverage general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior, and manifested during the development period" (Grossman, 1977). Of the estimated six million plus mentally retarded individuals in this country fully 75 to 85% are considered to be "func tionally" retarded (Edgerton, 1984). That is, they are mildly retarded persons with no evident organic etiology or demonstrable brain pathology. Despite the relatively recent addition of adaptive behavior as a factor in the definition of retardation, 1.0. still remains as the essential diagnostic criterion (Edgerton, 1984: 26). An 1.0. below 70 indicates subaverage functioning. However, even such an "objective" measure as 1.0. is prob lematic since a variety of data indicate quite clearly that cultural and social factors are at play in decisions about who is to be considered "retarded" (Edgerton, 1968; Kamin, 1974; Langness, 1982). Thus, it has been known for quite some time that there is a close relationship between socio-economic status and the prevalence of mild mental retardation: higher socio-economic groups have fewer mildly retarded persons than lower groups (Hurley, 1969). Similarly, it is clear that ethnic minorities in the United States - Blacks, Mexican-Americans, American Indians, Puerto Ricans, Hawaiians, and others - are disproportionately represented in the retarded population (Mercer, 1968; Ramey et ai., 1978).

Anthropological Praxis

Anthropological Praxis [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0429718055
Author: Robert M. Wulff
Publisher: Routledge
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Anthropological Praxis by Robert M. Wulff Book Resume:

This book is a collection of original case studies describing anthropological knowledge successfully translated into action. It describes the targeted problem or issue, his or her role as an anthropologist, the specific anthropological skills or knowledge used, and the results of the work.

A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe

A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 144436216X
Author: Ullrich Kockel,Máiréad Nic Craith,Jonas Frykman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe by Ullrich Kockel,Máiréad Nic Craith,Jonas Frykman Book Resume:

A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe offers a survey of contemporary Europeanist anthropology and European ethnology, and a guide to emerging trends in this geographical field of research. Providing a synthesis of the different traditions and contemporary approaches, the book is both thematic and fully cross-European in its approach. Provides an authoritative guide for researchers, instructors and students of anthropology and European studies Discusses important emerging trends in this broadening field of research Includes established names and rising stars who will shape the discipline in years to come

American Chinese Restaurants

American Chinese Restaurants [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0429938896
Author: Jenny Banh,Haiming Liu
Publisher: Routledge
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American Chinese Restaurants by Jenny Banh,Haiming Liu Book Resume:

With case studies from the USA, Canada, Chile, and other countries in Latin America, American Chinese Restaurants examines the lived experiences of what it is like to work in a Chinese restaurant. The book provides ethnographic insights on small family businesses, struggling immigrant parents, and kids working, living, and growing up in an American Chinese restaurant. This is the first book based on personal histories to document and analyze the American Chinese restaurant world. New narratives by various international and American contributors have presented Chinese restaurants as dynamic agencies that raise questions on identity, ethnicity, transnationalism, industrialization, (post)modernity, assimilation, public and civic spheres, and socioeconomic differences. American Chinese Restaurants will be of interest to general readers, scholars, and college students from undergraduate to graduate level, who wish to know Chinese restaurant life and understand the relationship between food and society.

Work in Non-Market and Transitional Societies

Work in Non-Market and Transitional Societies [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0791495183
Author: Herbert Applebaum
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Work in Non-Market and Transitional Societies by Herbert Applebaum Book Resume:

In industrialized cultures, what we do to earn a living is usually divorced from what we do the rest of the time. This contrasts with non-market cultures, where work is an intimate part of life. People of such cultures perceive a unity between hunting and raising a family, between making pots and training children, between the building of houses and the practice of religion. Often there is no separate word for work because work is such an all-encompassing activity. Work in Non-Market and Transitional Societies is an overview of the organization of work in diverse societies, the division of labor, the notions of time that affect work and working, and the kinds of adaptations people make when transplanted from one society to another. The groundbreaking study encompasses pre-industrial and non-market societies as well as cultures in the process of change and modernization. This double focus provides an unusual and stimulating perspective for both anthropology and the social sciences. This book features a broad theoretical introduction, delineating the major issues and aspects of investigation in this field. It then presents twenty essays that show how work is carried on by women and men in varied societies and cultures. The authors provide guidelines for understanding the different value systems and discuss why each approach to work is appropriate in its specific societal structure.

The Origin and Evolution of Cultures

The Origin and Evolution of Cultures [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780198040088
Author: Los Angeles Robert Boyd Professor of Anthropology University of California,Davis Peter J. Richerson Professor of Environmental Science and Policy University of California
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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The Origin and Evolution of Cultures by Los Angeles Robert Boyd Professor of Anthropology University of California,Davis Peter J. Richerson Professor of Environmental Science and Policy University of California Book Resume:

Oxford presents, in one convenient and coherently organized volume, 20 influential but until now relatively inaccessible articles that form the backbone of Boyd and Richerson's path-breaking work on evolution and culture. Their interdisciplinary research is based on two notions. First, that culture is crucial for understanding human behavior; unlike other organisms, socially transmitted beliefs, attitudes, and values heavily influence our behavior. Secondly, culture is part of biology: the capacity to acquire and transmit culture is a derived component of human psychology, and the contents of culture are deeply intertwined with our biology. Culture then is a pool of information, stored in the brains of the population that gets transmitted from one brain to another by social learning processes. Therefore, culture can account for both our outstanding ecological success as well as the maladaptations that characterize much of human behavior. The interest in this collection will span anthropology, psychology, economics, philosophy, and political science.

Epistemology, Fieldwork, and Anthropology

Epistemology, Fieldwork, and Anthropology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137477881
Author: Antoinette Tidjani Alou,Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan
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Epistemology, Fieldwork, and Anthropology by Antoinette Tidjani Alou,Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan Book Resume:

Epistemology, Fieldwork, and Anthropology provides a systematic examination of the empirical foundations of interpretations and grounded theories in anthropology. Olivier de Sardan explores the nature of the links between observed reality and the data produced during fieldwork, and between the data gathered and final interpretative statements. Olivier de Sardan's research asks how anthropologists develop a 'policy of fieldwork', what the advantages and limits of observation are, and if the dangers of over-interpretation and scientific ideologies be minimized. Exploring the space between epistemology and methodology, the book critically juxtaposes Anglo and Francophone writings about fieldwork, plausible interpretations, emicity, reflexivity, comparison, and scientific rigor.

Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts

Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317660811
Author: Nigel Rapport
Publisher: Routledge
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Social and Cultural Anthropology: The Key Concepts by Nigel Rapport Book Resume:

Social and Cultural Anthropology: the Key Concepts is an easy to use A-Z guide to the central concepts that students are likely to encounter in this field. Now fully updated, this third edition includes entries on: Material Culture Environment Human Rights Hybridity Alterity Cosmopolitanism Ethnography Applied Anthropology Gender Cybernetics With full cross-referencing and revised further reading to point students towards the latest writings in Social and Cultural Anthropology, this is a superb reference resource for anyone studying or teaching in this area.

Historicizing Canadian Anthropology

Historicizing Canadian Anthropology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0774840358
Author: Julia Harrison,Regna Darnell
Publisher: UBC Press
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Historicizing Canadian Anthropology by Julia Harrison,Regna Darnell Book Resume:

Historicizing Canadian Anthropology is the first significant examination of the historical development of anthropological study in this country. It addresses key issues in the evolution of the discipline: the shaping influence of Aboriginal-anthropological encounters; the challenge of compiling a history for the Canadian context; and the place of international and institutional relations. The contributors to this collection reflect on the definition and scope of the discipline and explore the degree to which a uniquely Canadian tradition affects anthropological theory, practice, and reflexivity.

Objects of Time

Objects of Time [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137017899
Author: K. Birth
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Objects of Time by K. Birth Book Resume:

This is a book about time, but it is also about much more than time—it is about how the objects we use to think about time shape our thoughts. Because time ties together so many aspects of our lives, this book is able to explore the nexus of objects, cognition, culture, and even biology, and to do so in relationship to globalization.