Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Written by means of a fashionable pupil within the box, Conrad Phillip Kottak, this concise, student-friendly, present creation to cultural anthropology rigorously balances assurance of middle subject matters and modern alterations within the box. whereas preserving its reference to scholars via suitable examples, the mix of brevity, clarity, and depended on content material makes replicate for Humanity an ideal fit for cultural anthropology classes that use readings or ethnographies besides a prime textual content.

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Clyde Kluckhohn known as anthropology "the technological know-how of human similarities and differences," and his assertion of the necessity for this type of technology nonetheless stands: "Anthropology offers a systematic foundation for facing the the most important predicament of the area this day: how can peoples of other visual appeal, collectively unintelligible languages, and assorted methods of existence get alongside peaceably jointly? " (Kluckhohn 1944, p. 9). Anthropology additionally has powerful hyperlinks to the arts. Cultural anthropology might be the main humanistic of educational fields due to its primary appreciate for human range. Anthropologists take heed to, checklist, and symbolize voices from a mess of countries and cultures. we try to persuade our scholars of the worth of neighborhood wisdom, of numerous worldviews and views. Cultural anthropology brings a comparative and noneiitist point of view to fonns of artistic expression, together with paintings, narratives, tune, and dance. Cultural anthropology is motivated by way of and affects the arts. for instance, adopting an anthropological view of creativity in its social and cultural context, fresh techniques within the humanities have paid better consciousness to mass and pop culture and to neighborhood inventive expressions. Anthropology's ultimate easy function is as a replicate for humanity- a time period derived from Clyde Kluckhohn's metaphor, expressed in his publication reflect for guy (1944), which urged the name of this article. through different cultures we will be able to see ourselves extra truly: generally we're blind to the certain lens by which we glance at existence. it can rarely be fish who chanced on the lifestyles of water. scholars who had no longer but long gone past the horizon in their personal society couldn't be anticipated to understand customized which used to be the stuff in their personal considering. Anthropology holds up an outstanding reflect to guy and shall we him examine himself in his limitless style. (K1uckhohn 1944, p. sixteen) xxi Preface This aspect jogs my memory of 1 of my academics, Margaret Mead, who's remembered for her exceptional good fortune in demonstrating anthropology's worth and relevance in permitting american citizens to mirror on cultural version and the plasticity of human nature. Mead represented anthropology so successfully simply because she seen it as a humanistic technological know-how of urtique price in figuring out and enhancing the human situation. This booklet is written within the trust that anthropolOgiSts may still have in mind and emulate Dr. Mead's instance. content material AND association No unmarried or monolithic theoretical point of view orients this e-book. My electronic mail, besides reviewers' reviews, confirms that teachers with a variety of perspectives and methods were happy with MFH as a educating device. replicate for Humanity, guided by means of very considerate reviewers, covers center and fundamentals, in addition to sought after present matters and ways. MFH has 5 very important chapters no longer continually present in cultural anthropology texts: "Ethnicity and Race" (4), "Gender" (9), "The Modem global approach" (11), "Colonialism and improvement" (12), and "Cultural alternate and SuIVivaJ" (13).

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