Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology

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In its new Second Edition, the innovative and ever-popular Investigating Culture has been updated and revised to incorporate new teacher and student feedback. Carol Delaney and Deborah Kaspin provide an expanded introduction to cultural anthropology that is even more accessible to students.

  • Revised and enhanced new edition that incorporates additional material and classroom feedback
  • Accessible to a wider range of students and educational settings
  • Provides a refreshing alternative to traditional textbooks by challenging students to think in new ways and to apply  ideas of culture to their own lives
  • Focuses on the ways that humans orient themselves, e.g., in space and time, according to language, food, the body, and the symbols provided by public myth and ritual
  • Includes chapters that frame the central issues and provide examples from a range of cultures, with selected readings, additional suggested readings, and student exercises

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This exciting new edition of Investigating Culture offers a refreshing hands-on alternative to more traditional textbooks not so much by teaching facts about other cultures as helping students learn how to go about studying any culture, including their own. Delaney and Kaspin teach students to think like anthropologists, training them to confront the reflexive nature of anthropology early on and to distance themselves from the inherent flaws of studying the “exotic Other.”

Investigating Culture focuses on the variety of ways that humans orient themselves, in space and time, by means of language, the body, the structures of everyday life, and the symbols of religion and public ritual. Each chapter includes an introduction outlining the central issues, examples from a variety of cultures, supplemented by selected classic readings, suggested additional readings, and a series of exercises designed to make the analysis of culture personally accessible.

About the Author:

Carol Delaney is Associate Professor Emerita of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. She is author of The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society (1991) and Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth (1998), and is co–editor of Naturalizing Power: Essays in Feminist Cultural Analysis (1995, with Sylvia Yanagisako).

Deborah Kaspin is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Rhode Island College and has taught at University of Virginia, Yale University, Wheaton College, and Rhode Island College.

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