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Paperback Cultural Anthropology : Appreciating Cultural Diversity Book

ISBN: 0078116988

ISBN13: 9780078116988

Cultural Anthropology : Appreciating Cultural Diversity

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Focused on the appreciation of anthropology, the new edition of Cultural anthropology: appreciating cultural diversity offers an up-to-date holistic introduction to cultural anthropology. Key themes of appreciating the experiences students bring to the classroom, appreciating cultural diversity, and appreciating the field of anthropology are showcased throughout the text. In this edition, Understanding ourselves chapter openers and Through the eyes...

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Cultural Anthropology

This book is very easy reading and very interesting material. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of taking a 5 week course instead of a whole term. This means I am reading an average of 5 chapters per week. Thank goodness the reading goes fast and is understandable.

Cultural Anthropology Book

Awesome book and great content to use in a college level classroom, great for training missionaries that will work overseas.

Cultural anthropology

i have received the product, Cultural anthroloplogy book and i am very pleased with the results when i gt my book. it was overall delivered on time and in great condition. it even included the cd-rom. it was great


Just the way it was described-was a little late on the shipping [1 day] but it didn't affect the product in any way. I'd buy another if I needed to!

Best introductory text I could find

This remains the best, fullest, most comprehensive, and most reliable introductory cultural anthropology textbook that I can find. William Haviland's is competitive, but farther from my area of expertise (ecological anthropology). Thus, I find myself using Kottak, to the profit of my introductory class. The student aids are noteworthy: excellent CD, excellent lists of terms, chapter summaries, quizzes, questions, everything. I agree with the overall approach and most of the specifics. I could probably find some theoretical point to debate on every page, if I wanted to be obsessive, but I find only minor errors of fact. (Prestige is NOT the same as cultural capital [p. 263]; the map color key is wrong on p. 375....) The only serious mistake is giving credence to Michael Harner's theory that Aztec cannibalism was due to shortage of protein; this idea was conclusively refuted by Bernard Ortiz de Montellano and others. My only real complaint with the book is that Kottak keeps using "we" and "our society" to mean middle-class Anglo-America. This may still work somewhere, but in my class it excludes 80% of the students, 50% of the TA's, AND the professor. Most of my students are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants, largely from Asia, many from Latin America. Many have no idea of what middle-class Anglo-American culture is up to. (As Dan Moerman pointed out some years ago, that old Nacirema paper is totally lost on most of our students these days.) Even so, I will use this text again next year (barring unforeseen circumstances). It's the best on the block.
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