Investigating Culture

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In its new Second Edition, the innovative and ever–popular Investigating Culture has been updated and revised to incorporate new teacher and student feedback. Carol Delaney and Deborah Kaspin provide an expanded introduction to cultural anthropology that is even more accessible to students.

  • Revised and enhanced new edition that incorporates additional material and classroom feedback
  • Accessible to a wider range of students and educational settings
  • Provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply  ideas of culture to their own lives
  • 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
  • Includes chapters that frame the central issues and provide examples from a range of cultures, with selected readings, additional suggested readings, and student exercises

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"Using an innovative and novel framework, Delaney′s Investigating Culture moves students through a series of anthropological concepts and demonstrates the ways in which universal human concepts– time, space, family, status and gender are reformulated across the breadth of human cultural diversity. This book draws from classical and contemporary ethnographic texts providing students a week–by week journey through the study of human culture– pedagogically brilliant, easy to teach and well structured, this work provides students with engaging assignments, topics for discussion and advanced questions for those interested in more advanced research. I use it every year..."′

Michael Wilcox, Stanford University

 

 

PRAISE FOR FIRST EDITION

"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

"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

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This exciting new edition of Investigating Culture offers a refreshing hands–on alternative to more traditional textbooks not so much by teaching facts about other cultures as helping students learn how to go about studying any culture, including their own. Delaney and Kaspin teach students to think like anthropologists, training them to confront the reflexive nature of anthropology early on and to distance themselves from the inherent flaws of studying the exotic Other.

Investigating Culture focuses on the variety of ways that humans orient themselves, in space and time, by means of language, the body, the structures of everyday life, and the symbols of religion and public ritual. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining the central issues, examples from a variety of cultures, supplemented by selected classic readings, suggested additional readings, and a series of exercises designed to make the analysis of culture personally accessible.

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