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Seeing Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology Through Film (Book Alone), 4th Edition

By Karl G. Heider, Pamela A.R. Blakely, Thomas D. Blakely

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 25, 2006


Seeing Anthropology continues to be the only cultural anthropology text available that allows for easy integration of ethnographic films into the introductory cultural anthropology course.


This text truly incorporates films within the text by blending textbook content with sixteen ethnographic film clips that are put in the hands of students.


One reviewer says, “The greatest strengths of this text are its unique and skillful use of film clips to enhance student learning…I can think of no better way to extend student learning in anthropology than the use of films.”

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with a “Chapter Summary,” “Key Terms,” “Questions to Think About,” and “Suggestions for Further Reading.”

1. The Study of Human Diversity.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.


The Fields of Anthropology.

Anthropology and Other Disciplines.

Key Concepts in Anthropology.

Doing Anthropology: Find the Connections.

Focus Culture: Finding the Connections in Contemporary Bali.

Seeing Anthropology: The Goddess and the Computer.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Cultural Interaction in “Passage to India.”

2. Understanding Culture.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Defining Culture.

Focus Culture: Shared Malay Traditions and Local Variations.

Doing Anthropology: Societies, Cultures, and Subcultures.

The Concept of Race.

The Interaction of Biology and Culture.

Seeing Anthropology: Latah: A Culture-Specific Elaboration of the Startle Reflex in Malaysia.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Cultural Construction of Race in Rabbit-Proof Fence.

3. Doing Anthropology: Fieldwork and Theories.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Doing Fieldwork.

Focus Culture: Fieldwork Among the Grand Valley Dani of Irian Jaya, Indonesia (West New Guinea).

Focus Culture: Complexities of Japanese Culture.

Seeing Anthropology: Fieldwork in Neighborhood Tokyo.

Writing an Ethnography.

Anthropological Theories: How We Account for Cultural Behavior.

Doing Anthropology: Recognizing the Theory.

Seeing Anthropology: Fieldwork Among the Grand Valley Dani: Dead Birds.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Different Versions in Rashomon.

4. Meanings: Language, Symbols, and Art.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.


Doing Anthropology: Full-Channel Shakespeare.

Symbols, Art, and Identity.

Focus Culture: Art and Ceremony of the Kwa Kwaka' Wakw of the Northwest Coast.

Seeing Anthropology: Art and Identity of the Kwa Kwaka’Wakw: Box of Treasures.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: The Cultural Translation of Darmok.

5. Psychology and Culture.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Cultures, Personality, and the Self.

Focus Culture: Cultural Themes in Vietnam.

Learning Styles.


Doing Anthropology: A New Intelligence Test.


Seeing Anthropology: Cultural Themes in Vietnam: How to Behave (Chuyen Tute).

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Individualism and Groupism in Mr. Baseball.

6. Patterns of Production.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Cultural Adaptation and Production.

The Division of Labor.

Food Production Strategies.

Focus Culture: Horticulture of the Grand Valley Dani.

Doing Anthropology: Food Production Strategies in a Supermarket Culture.

Seeing Anthropology: A Horticultural Strategy: Dani Sweet Potatoes.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Family Farms in The Milagro Beanfield War.

7. Distribution and Consumption.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Distribution: Mechanisms of Exchange.

Focus Culture: The Redistributive Cargo System of the Zinacantan Mayans of Chiapas, Mexico.

Seeing Anthropology: Appeals to Santiago.

Doing Anthropology: Your Own Transactions.


Doing Anthropology: Global Consumption.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: The Mystique of Food in Tampopo.

8. Marriage and Family.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Definitions and Functions of Marriage.

Forms of Marriage.

Doing Anthropology: Schemas of Love and Marriage.

Marriage as Exchange.

Marriage Rules.

Focus Culture: Marriage and Family in India.

Family and Household Forms.

Postmarital Residence Patterns.

Changing Family Forms in Western Cultures.

Seeing Anthropology: A Joint Family in North India: Dadi’s Family .

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Family Forms in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

9. Social Organization and Kinship.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Class as Category.

Descent Groups.

Focus Culture: Patrilineal Descent of the Nuer of the Upper Nile.

Kinship Terminology Systems.

Non-kin Groupings.

Doing Anthropology: A Second Look at Your Social Groups.

Seeing Anthropology: Social Organization and The Nuer.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Social Organization in Whale Rider.

10. Power and Politics.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.


Social Control.

Doing Anthropology: Backpacks on Campus.

Focus Culture: Adjudication in a Kpelle Village.

Seeing Anthropology: The Cows of Dolo Ken Paye: Resolving Conflict among the Kpelle.

Patterns and Causes of War.

The Nature of Peace.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Slavery, Revolt, and Adjudication in Amistad.



11. Facing the Supernatural: Magic, Religion, and Ritual

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Looking for the Roots of Religion.

Doing Anthropology: Magic, Science, and Religion.

Sacred Power.


World Religions and Local Practices.

Focus Culture: Religion and Ritual in Egypt.

Seeing Anthropology: El Sebou’, Egyptian Birth Ritual.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Tibetan Buddhism in The Cup (Phörpa).





12. The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Differentiating Sexuality and Gender.

How Many Genders? How Many Sexualities? The Puzzle of Homosexuality.

The Role of Gender in Society.

Manifestations of Sexuality.

Doing Anthropology: Expressive Clothing.

Sexual Ethos.

Focus Culture: Gender and Sexuality of the Ju/'hoansi.

Seeing Anthropology: N!ai: The Story of a !Kung Woman.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Bend it Like Beckham: Femininity and Football in Multicultural Britain.

13. Culture Change.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Forces of Change.

Doing Anthropology: Nailing Down Language Change.

Focus Culture: The Changing Trobriand Islands.

Indigenous Rights in a Changing World.

Seeing Anthropology: Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Rediscovering Native American Cultural Identity in Smoke Signals.

14. Medical Anthropology and the Future.

Press Watch: Headline Anthropology.

Medical Anthropology.

Seeing Anthropology: Indigenous Interpretation and Treatment of Illness: The Medium is the Masseuse, A Balinese Massage.

Focus Culture: The Suffering and Pain of the Khmer.

Seeing Anthropology: House of Spirit: Perspectives on Cambodian Health Care.

The Anthropology of HIV/AIDS.

Doing Anthropology: Illness and Culture.

Final Thoughts.

Hollywood-Style Anthropology: Medical Anthropology and “Medicine Man.”

Appendix: Thinking About Ethnographic Films.









Heider DVD Table of Contents:


Chapter Name and Number                


Film Title

Approx Run Time 

1. The Study of Human Diversity

The Goddess and the Computer


2. Understanding Culture

Latah: A Culture-Specific Elaboration of the Startle Reflex in Malaysia


3. Doing Anthropology: Fieldwork and Theories

Neighborhood Tokyo


4. Doing Anthropology: Fieldwork and Theories

Dead Birds


5. Meanings: Language, Symbols, and Art

Box of Treasures


6. Psychology and Culture

How to Behave (Chuyen Tu Te)


7. Patterns of Production

Dani Sweet Potatoes


8. Distribution and Consumption

Appeals to Santiago


9. Marriage and Family

Dadi's Family


10. Social Organization and Kinship

The Nuer


11. Power and Politics

The Cows of Dolo Ken Paye: Resolving Conflict Among the Kpelle


12. Facing the Supernatural: Magic, Religion, and Ritual

El Sebou': Egyptian Birth Ritual


13. The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality

N!ai: The Story of a !Kung Woman


14. Culture Change

Trobriand Cricket: An Ingenious Response to Colonialism


15. Medical Anthropology and the Future

The Medium is the Masseuse: A Balinese Massage




16. Medical Anthropology and the Future

House of the Spirit: Perspectives on Cambodian Health Care 







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