Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology

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Wiley, Feb 23, 2004 - Social Science - 456 pages
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Investigating Culture offers an innovative approach to understanding culture as a constructed phenomenon open to investigation of its implicit premises and explicit forms.

  • Provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply these ideas 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

  • Each chapter includes: an introduction framing the central issues, examples from a range of cultures, a selected reading or two, additional suggested readings, and exercises

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User Review  - Sarah Holland - Goodreads

For a book about the study of culture, this is an easy read that doesn't get caught up in dense language. It's incredibly informative while still being engaging, a hard find in the textbook world. If you have an interest in anthropology, this is definitely a great starter. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Carol Delaney is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. She is author of The Seed and The Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society (1991) and Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth (1998), and is co-editor of Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis (1995, with Sylvia Yanagisako).

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