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  • 6/19/2004

1-Careers in Anthropology
W. Richard Stephens

Sixteen real life stories from people who used their degrees in anthropology to influence their choice of career, and to change their lives. These profiles encourage the reader to understand that chance, skill, and initiative are key to succeed both professionally and personally. By asking the question "How will my life, and the lives of others, be impacted by my choice to study anthropology, this helpful and informative guide includes cases and job descriptions of individuals working in a wide range of professions, not just anthropological. The author illustrates how and why people with a degree in anthropology entered their chosen field. The material explains how a degree in anthropology can prepare people for the challenges of a professional career. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in anthropology

Book Description
Sixteen real life stories from people who used their degrees in anthropology to influence their choice of career, and to change their lives. These profiles encourage the reader to understand that chance, skill, and initiative are key to succeed both professionally and personally. By asking the question "How will my life, and the lives of others, be impacted by my choice to study anthropology, this helpful and informative guide includes cases and job descriptions of individuals working in a wide range of professions, not just anthropological. The author illustrates how and why people with a degree in anthropology entered their chosen field. The material explains how a degree in anthropology can prepare people for the challenges of a professional career. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in anthropology
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2-Understanding Culture:
An Introduction to Anthropological Theory
Philip Carl Salzman

Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Garbarino, Sociocultural Theory in Anthropology: A Short History (ISBN 0881330566) and Kaplan-Manners, Culture Theory (ISBN 0881332224).

From the Inside Flap
"Salzman presents anthropological theories with admirable balance and restraint. He makes a case for each theory, offering no criticism until the final chapter in which he offers a brief critique of each. The great strength of Understanding Culture is Salzman’s ability to choose useful and interesting examples."
— The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute (Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2002)


Book Description
Are cows sacred to Indian Hindus because they stand for nature and life, as symbolic analysts explain, or because they pull plows and fertilize the land, providing people with food, as cultural materialists argue? Do Muslim Sufi Orders incorporate the lower classes and stabilize the cultural status quo, as functionalists would assert, or are they dynamic forces reshaping society and culture, as processualists claim to illustrate? Are witchcraft accusations a scapegoating of the powerless by the elite to maintain their ascendancy, as materialist class theorists argue, or are they social expressions of psychological tensions arising from conflicts in relationships, as functionalist psychological anthropologists have argued? Understanding culture means understanding and appreciating the diverse theories that offer different perspectives on culture. Salzman's text explores six major streams of anthropological theory: interdependence in human life (functionalism); agency in human action (processualism and transactionalism); determining factors (materialism and political economy); coherence in culture (configurationalism and structuralism); transformation through time (history and evolution); and critical advocacy (feminism and postmodernism). Each theoretical approach is initially presented in its own terms, to show its assumptions, aims, and accomplishments. Each approach is elucidated and illustrated through the arguments and ethnographic examples offered by original theorists and astute practitioners. The introductory and concluding chapters of Understanding Culture frame the diverse theoretical positions and the debates among them within the broader philosophical opposition between explanation and explication. A caution is offered about "presentism," the reflex acceptance of currently popular theories and easy dismissal of earlier theories, because an informed appreciation of a wide range of theoretical approaches is beneficial for understanding cultures. Includes glossary of major terms, brief biographies of major culture theorists, and suggestions for further reading.

3-Anthropology: A Global Perspective, Fifth Edition
Raymond Scupin (Author),Christopher R. DeCorse (Author)

An introductory text that illustrates both the diversity of human societies and cultural patterns around the world, and the similarities that make all humans fundamentally alike. This revised edition (first was 1992) adds a new chapter which elaborates on the elements of culture discussed in the preceding chapter by introducing classic and contemporary research in the field of psychological anthropology. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The publisher, Prentice-Hall Humanities/Social Science
This popular introduction to anthropology integrates an historical and global approach with the ethnographic data available from around the world. Drawing on both classic and recent research in the field, it reflects the current state-of-the-art understanding of social and cultural changes based on the relationships among different types of societies. It demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, but also shows how humans everywhere are fundamentally similar.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Book Description
This popular introduction to anthropology integrates a historical, biological, archeological, and global approach with ethnographic data available from around the world. Drawing on both classic and recent research in the field, it reflects the current state-of-the-art understanding of social and cultural changes based on the relationships among different types of societies. It demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, but also shows how humans everywhere are fundamentally similar. KEY TOPICS An eight-part format covers basic concepts, physical anthropology, archeology, culture and society, prestate societies, state societies, consequences of globalization, and the global future.

4-Biological Anthropology: A Synthetic Approach to Human Evolution (2nd Edition)


Noel T. Boaz (Author),Alan J. Almquist (Author)

The publisher, Prentice-Hall Humanities/Social Science
This innovative new text narrates the history of the evolutionary progression of the human lineage through time. Evolution by natural selection provides the conceptual framework as students learn the essentials of molecular anthropology and genetics, then are led through geological time to the origins of vertebrates, mammals, primates, hominoids, and finally hominids. In each section, behavior, morphology, adaptation, and ecology are discussed to provide the comparative basis for human origins. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
This new edition of Biological Anthropology is evolutionary in perspective in the belief that evolution is the only unifying theory that can clearly explain the existing array of biological and cultural data. The basics of anthropological theory and human genetics are introduced before the topics of vertebrate evolution, primate evolution and social behavior, human evolution and behavior, and human variation and adaptation. In each section, behavior, morphology, adaptation, and ecology are discussed to provide the comparative basis for human origins. Includes expanded sections on genetics, with a new chapter on classic genetics (Ch. 2), and a new chapter on Darwinian evolution (Ch. 3); a new chapter on the living primates, their distribution and anatomical adaptations (Ch. 7); an expanded section on Homo, including a new chapter on Homo sapiens sapiens; and a new chapter on hominoid and human behavior (Ch. 13), which combines the evolution of hominoid behavior and the evolution of human social behavior.

5-Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective (5th Edition)


Raymond Scupin

The publisher, Prentice-Hall Humanities/Social Science
This popular introduction to cultural anthropology integrates an historical and global approach with the ethnographic data available from around the world. Drawing on both classic and recent research in the field, it reflects the current state-of-the-art understanding of social and cultural changes based on the relationships among different types of societies. It demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, but also shows humans everywhere are fundamentally similar.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover
This book serves as a useful introduction of cultural anthropology by integrating ethnographic material from around the world. By drawing upon classic and recent research in the field, it reflects current state-of-the-art understandings of social and cultural changes based on the interrelationships among different societies. The book demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, yet at the same time reveals similarities in humans everywhere. A six-part organization covers: basic concepts in anthropology, basic concepts of culture and society, prestate societies, state societies, consequences of globalization, and anthropology and the global future. For individuals interested in assessing anthropological explanations to better understand humanity.


About the Author

Raymond Scupin is professor of anthropology at Lindenwood University. He received his B.A. degree in history and Asian studies, with a minor in anthropology, from the University of California-Los Angeles. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Dr. Scupin is truly a four-field anthropologist. During graduate school, Dr. Scupin did archaeological and ethnohistorical research on Native American Indians in theSanta Barbara region. He did extensive ethnographic fieldwork inThailand, with a focus on understanding the ethnic and religious movements among the Muslim minority. In addition, he taught linguistics and conducted linguistic research while based at a Thai university.

Dr. Scupin has been teaching undergraduate courses in anthropology for almost thirty years at a variety of academic institutions, including community colleges, research universities, and a four-year liberal arts university. Thus, he has taught a very broad spectrum of undergraduate students. Through his teaching experience, Dr. Scupin was prompted to write this textbook, which would allow a wide range of undergraduate students to understand the holistic and global perspectives of the four-field approach in anthropology.

Dr. Scupin has published many essays based on his ethnographic research in Thailand. He recently returned toThailand and other countries ofSoutheast Asia to update his ethnographic data. He is a member of many professional associations, including the American Anthropological Association, the Asian Studies Association, and the Council of Thai Studies.

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