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Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge Paperback – 1 Mar 2004

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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 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Magazine like Textbook 3 Sept. 2012
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I've read about three fourths of the book now and I am not impressed. The topic is quite interesting but the content of the book is not all that engaging. The chapter summaries are fairly decent for reviewing though. I am not a fan of the magazine style text books that social science classes seem to love. The CD-Rom has a bunch of links to webpages that are no longer there making most of the disc worthless. Hopefully your professors realize this more than mine does... Shortly after the author refers to Christianity as a superstition (which from an anthropological viewpoint is probably the way to refer to it as all religions) he quotes the Bible probably without realizing it... In general, a boring and underwhelming look on a very interesting topic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 April 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much feels when I look at this... 7 Dec. 2013
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I got this because my professor used it. Dr. Alexis Gray is amazing and she's super-duper cool. Anthropology is a fascinating subject in general and the way this text is organized, along with the included articles, is ideal for energetic and passionate professors. I have kept this book because of the wonderful memories I made with the other students on occasions in which we studied and discussed our favorite parts of each chapter. If you're in the market for this book then prepare yourself for the best time you'll have this semester or quarter.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... a class and it was at the very least easy to get through and understand 21 July 2015
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I'm not big into Anthropology but this was for a class and it was at the very least easy to get through and understand. It wasn't a standard boring fact based read but also offered some fun and interesting tid bits.
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