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Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge [Paperback]

William A. Haviland , Harald E.L. Prins , Dana Walrath , Bunny McBride
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Mar 2004 0534624871 978-0534624873 11th New edition
Comprehensive, readable and written for the student, Haviland/Prins/Walwrath's market-leading text, CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, is a highly relevant, high-quality teaching tool. The narrative voice of the text has been thoroughly internationalized and the "we: they" Western voice has been replaced with an inclusive one that will resonate with both Western and non-Western students and professors. In addition, gender, ethnicity, and stratification concepts and terminologies have been completely overhauled in accordance with contemporary thinking and the narrative streamlined using more fully developed, balanced, and global examples. In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, the authors present students with examples of "local responses" to challenging globalization issues, designed to provide students with a "cross-cultural survival guide" for living in the diverse, multicultural world of the 21st century. This edition is a truly exciting and unique examination into the field of cultural anthropology, its insights, its relevance, and the continuing role of cultural survival issues.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc; 11th New edition edition (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534624871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534624873
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With regard to the comparison with the present text I am using, I'm beginning to think that the Haviland text is written in a more interesting and engaging style!"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and enjoyable introduction 29 Jun 2000
By A Customer
This book is nicely planned and is also enjoyable to read. It is written in a simple way, but it challenges many of the preconceived ideas belonging to western culture in every chapter. What is an economy? What makes up love and marriage? Questions like these seen cross culturally challenge our own ideas about what the 'right' way of doing things is. The book allows us to look beyond the borders of our own cultural system, and obtain new sight with which to look at the world. Are we really as 'advanced' as we like to think we are? In a shrinking world, it is imperative that we learn from all the people living in that world. This book is at an introductory level and is a perfect starting point in sociocultural anthropology, ideal for interested people who want to broaden their minds, and also ideal for first year undergraduates in the social sciences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introductory Text 20 Jun 2005
By PrOfEsSer - Published on
This is one of the better anthropology texts available today. It is very comprehensive, well-organized, and takes a very broad view of the human condition. The problem with textbooks is that they sometimes summarize issues as if they were settled questions, when, in reality, many of the problems involved are the subjects of complex debate. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since the majority of undergraduate students are not interested in primary sources that are very difficult to read and take a lot of work to understand. As an instructor I found the book to be very good as a basic resource that allowed me to teach my perspective of the discipline to students using supplementary materials and lectures. The major drawback is that it is so expensive, but not more so than other textbooks out there.

Here is what one of my very good students said about the book, "I found it to be well-organized, thorough, and easy to understand. I have never taken a class in this subject before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but as far as I can tell it is a useful text. I had one other cultural anthropology class this term and I was able to use the textbook from your class as a reference from time to time. I chose anthropology as my minor, and so for further reference purposes I have kept the text from your class."

Students who have strong political views (right or left) will say this book is "biased" since it does not claim that Western civilization, Christianity, or American culture are superior or inferior to other cultures. The book, for example, teaches that ethnocentrism, racism, economic exploitation, colonialism, and polluting the environment are generally not good things-- but these evils are not new to the world or authored by any one particular culture. Those who don't like the idea of multiculturalism will not like the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curtral Anthropology in a Detailed Sense 26 Dec 2007
By SpeedChick82009 - Published on
I wouldn't have normally purchased this book if it wasn't for a course requirement. From chapter one all the way to the end, the authors take the reader or student through a detailed interface of what life is like experienced in other cultures. It touches upon the four different career interests in cultural anthropology as well. A time consuming read, but loaded with useful information for in and out of the class room.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Anthropology, 11th edition 13 July 2010
By Squares - Published on
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This book is straightforward and easy to understand. Chapters are organized and vocabulary and main topics are summarized at the end of the book; sometimes I'd just read these parts and I would understand the entire chapter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Book 17 Mar 2014
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If you love learning about different cultures, then try reading this book. It is an interesting and easy read, filled with many colorful pictures and learning tables.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay for the most part. 12 Feb 2014
By James Tan - Published on
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The price was great, got it for $4, but it's a subject that I wasn't into. I would only recommend this if you're into this subject or if you really want to buy this book for cheap for a class.
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