Demonstrate the nature of culture and its influence on people’s lives.
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Table of Contents
World Map and Geographical Placement of Readings
Culture and Ethnography
1 Ethnography and Culture
James P. Spradley
To discover culture, the ethnographer must learn from the informant as a student.
2 Eating Christmas in the Kalahari
Richard Borshay Lee
The “generous” gift of a Christmas ox involves the anthropologist in a classic case of
3 Fieldwork on Prostitution in the Era of AIDS
Claire E. Sterk
Fieldwork among urban prostitutes means doing ethnography under difficult but, in the
end, manageable circumstances.
4 Nice Girls Don’t Talk to Rastas [Revised]
Interaction between a U.S. student and a Rastafarian illustrates the destructive power of
naïve realism in the fieldwork setting.
Language and Communication [Revised]
5 Shakespeare in the Bush
Cross-cultural communication breaks down when an anthropologist attempts to translate
the meaning of Hamlet to the Tiv.
6. Whorf Revisited: You Are What You Speak [NEW]Guy Deutscher
New evidence supports Benjamin Lee Whorf’s contention that peoples’ mother tongue can
shape their experience of the world.
7. Managing Meaning: The Military Name Game
To frame the meaning of its military operations, U.S. armed forces try to name them
positively without offending anyone.
8 Conversation Style: Talking on the Job
On the job, men and women use distinctive conversation styles to ask for help, leading them to
evaluate performance and character differently.
Subsistence and Ecology
9 The Hunters: Scarce Resources in the Kalahari
Richard Borshay Lee
!Kung and other foragers traditionally worked less and ate better than many other people
with more “advanced” food producing techniques. Today, however, their survival depends
more on drilling wells and keeping cattle than on collecting wild foods.10 Eskimo Science [NEW]
The knowledge developed by Eskimos to hunt successfully contains the same basic principles
that underlie a more formally structured scientific method.
11 Domestication and the Evolution of Disease
Herd animal diseases that evolved to infect humans have ended up killing millions of people
in the old and new world.
12 Forest Development the Indian Way [Revised]
Richard K. Reed
South American governments could learn much about tropical forest development from the
Amazonian Indians who live there.
13 Reciprocity and the Power of Giving
Gifts not only function to tie people together, they may also be used to “flatten” an opponent and control
the behavior of others.
14 Poverty, Office Work, and the Crack Alternative
Poor, uneducated Puerto Rican men living in Spanish Harlem feel that the risks they run selling drugs are preferable
to the disrespect they encounter as low-wage employees in New York’s financial and service companies.
15 Cocaine and the Economic Deterioration of Bolivia
The world market for cocaine robs Bolivian villages of their men and causes problems for health, nutrition,
transportation, and family.
16 Malawi versus the World Bank
Malawi government’s successful state subsidized fertilizer program challenges the World Bank and
IMF’s insistence on market-driven agricultural programs.
Kinship and Family
17 Mother’s Love: Death without Weeping
Close mother-child bonds suffered in the presence of high infant mortality in a Brazilian shantytown
although recent changes have reduced the problem to some degree.
18 Family and Kinship in Village India
David W. McCurdy
Kinship still organizes the lives of Bhil villagers despite economic opportunities that draw people away
from the community and dependence on relatives.
19 Polyandry: When Brothers Take a Wife
Melvyn C. Goldstein
By jointly marrying one woman, Tibetan brothers preserve family resources and the “good life.”
20 Uterine Families and the Women’s Community
To succeed in a traditional patrilineal family, a Chinese woman had to create her own informal uterine
family inside her husband’s household.
Identity, Roles, and Groups
21 You@Work: Jobs, Identity, and the Internet [NEW]
Today’s U.S. job mobility requires “branding” one’s identity through careful use of the Internet.
22 The Opt Out Phenomenon: Women, Work, and Identity in America [Revised and retitled]Dianna Shandy
Why were young, educated professional women leaving high-paying jobs for a life at home and what
difference has today’s tough economy made?
23 Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? [NEW]
Americans should work for justice in the world, not save Muslim women from wearing burqas or
following their Islamic religion.
24 Mixed Blood
Jefferson M. Fish
A woman can change her race from black to “brunette” by taking a plane from New York to Brazil.
Law and Politics
25 Cross-Cultural Law: The Case of the Gypsy Offender
Legal cultures clash when a young Gypsy is convicted of using someone else’s social security number
to apply for a car loan.
26 Life without Chiefs
Small societies based on reciprocal and redistributive economic exchange can do without officials.27 The Founding Indian Fathers
Although their contribution goes unrecognized, Indian, especially Iroquoian, political structure may
have served as a model that helped to produce a United States federal government
Religion, Magic, and World View
28 Taraka’s Ghost
Stanley A. Freed and Ruth S. Freed
A woman relieves her anxiety and gains family support when a friend’s ghost possesses her.
29 Baseball Magic [Revised]
American baseball players from the games introduction to today employ magical practices as they
try to deal with the uncertainty of their game.
30 Run for the Wall: An American Pilgrimage
An annual ritual motorcycle pilgrimage from Los Angles to Washington, DC personally transforms
the Vietnam veterans and others who ride in it.31 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
The Nacirema display a complex array of body rituals aimed at achieving health and beauty.
32 How Sushi Went Global [Brought back from previous edition]
Theodore C. Bestor
International interdependence between tuna fishermen and sushi as a Japanese culinary style
becomes popular in a globalized world.
33 Village Walks: Tourism and Globalization among the Tharu of Nepal [NEW}
Arjun Guneratne and Kate Bjork
Advertised as a primitive tribe, Tharu villagers endure tours that falsely treat them as part of the
Chitwan National Forest’s natural history and have responded by building a museum to separate their
past from the present.
34 The Road to Refugee Resettlement [Revised]
Nuer refugees must develop the skill and determination to pass through a series of bureaucratic
hurdles to reach and adjust to life in the United States.
35 Global Women in the New Economy
Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild
Millions of women migrate from poor to wealthy nations serving as nannies, maids, and sex workers. T
hey send money home but find it hard to separate from their countries and families.
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36 Suggestions for Developers: The Peace Corps Problems in Botswana [NEW}Hoyt S. Alverson
An anthropologist discovers why some Peace Corps volunteers fail to complete their assignments in rural
Botswana, citing perceptions of their role and naïve realism as the basic problems.
37 Medical Anthropology: Leprosy on the Ganges [NEW]
Indians who contract leprosy find themselves stigmatized for life, causing them to delay treatment or amplify symptoms to
38 Public Interest Ethnography: Women’s Prisons and Health Care in California [NEW]
Student ethnographers uncover institutional health care problems at two women’s prisons in California and
suggest changes that result in a revision of state policy.
39 Using Anthropology
Professional anthropologists do everything from ethnographies of automobile production lines to famine relief,
but even the neophyte may be able to use the ideas of culture and ethnography to succeed in the workplace.
40 Career Advice for Anthropology Undergraduates
John T. Omohundro
The ability to translate useful anthropological skills into “resume speak” is one way for anthropology graduates
to find employment.
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