Anthropology

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That Complex Whole: Culture and the Evolution of Human Behavior

Lee Cronk

First Edition • August 13, 1999 • 176 pages

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When evolutionary biology stretched out a tentacle called sociobiology and began to probe human behavior back in the 1970s, there was no room for neutrality. Advocates of the new science hailed the dawn of a new era in our understanding of human behavior, while opponents wrung their hands with concern…

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Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion

Morton Klass; Maxine Weisgrau

First Edition • April 1, 1999 • 424 pages

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In this collection of anthropological writings drawn from many different world areas, contemporary theoretical issues and conflicts in the anthropological study of religion are explored and illustrated. The editors present these anthropological writings on religion within a larger cultural matrix by drawing upon literature exhibiting an interdisciplinary as well as…

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Human Families

Stevan Harrell

First Edition • January 8, 1999 • 624 pages

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This detailed study maps the variations in family systems throughout the world, focusing on the ways families interact with their societies. Tracing the developmental cycle of families in a wide range of times and places, Stevan Harrell shows how family members in different societies must cooperate to perform various activities…

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Indigenous South Americans of the Past and Present: An Ecological Perspective

David J. Wilson

First Edition • January 1, 1999 • 502 pages

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Utilizing ethnographic and archaeological data and an updated paradigm derived from the best features of cultural ecology and ecological anthropology, this extensively illustrated book addresses over fifteen South American adaptive systems representing a broad cross section of band, village, chiefdom, and state societies throughout the continent over the past 13,000…

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Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes

Edited by Richard K. Olson; Thomas A. Lyson

First Edition • December 25, 1998 • 488 pages

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In 1998, the last farm in Des Plaines, Illinois was subdivided. Seven acres along the Niobrara River in north-central Nebraska sold for $5700 per acre, twenty times the price for agricultural use. Waukesha County, Wisconsin, although still largely in agriculture, has been almost entirely zoned for small lot subdivisions. Nationwide,…

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How We Think They Think: Anthropological Approaches to Cognition, Memory, and Literacy

Maurice E F Bloch

First Edition • August 14, 1998 • 216 pages

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These essays by one of anthropology’s most original theorists consider such fundamental questions as: Is cognition language-based? How reliable a guide to memory are people’s narratives about themselves? What connects the “social recalling” studied by anthropologists to the “autobiographical memory” studied by psychologists? Now gathered in accessible form for the…

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The Time of the Gypsies

Michael Stewart

First Edition • July 3, 1998 • 320 pages

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Until 1989 it was official Communist policy in eastern Europe to absorb Gypsies into the ruling working class. Since 1989, the Gypsies have become the scapegoat of postcommunism. More Gypsies have had their houses burned and have been killed in racist attacks in the first six postcommunist years than in…

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Siva and Her Sisters: Gender, Caste, and Class in Rural South India

Karin Kapadia

First Edition • April 17, 1998 • 296 pages

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This book examines two subordinated groups — untouchables and women — in a village in Tamilnadu, South India. The lives and work of untouchable women in this village provide a unique analytical focus that clarifies the ways in which three axes of identity — gender, caste, and class — are…

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Ancient Civilizations of the New World

Richard E. W. Adams

First Edition • September 1, 1997 • 176 pages

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In this concise, yet sweeping look at the origins and development of ancient New World civilizations, Richard Adams provides a superb introductory overview of these unique and fascinating cultures. Incorporating the latest breakthroughs in the study of the cultures of Mesoamerica and the Andes, Adams examines the development of the…

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AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean

Edited by George Clement Bond; John Kreniske; Ida Susser; Joan Vincent

First Edition • May 1, 1997 • 256 pages

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This book offers detailed ethnographic studies from Africa and the Caribbean to explain AIDS in a global and comparative third-world context. The essays move beyond medical or epidemiological models, explaining the epidemic in its economic, social, political, and historic contexts.

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