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Applying Cultural Anthropology: An Introductory Reader
Applying Cultural Anthropology: An Introductory Reader

Applying Cultural Anthropology: An Introductory Reader, 9th Edition

ISBN10: 0078117038 | ISBN13: 9780078117039
By Aaron Podolefsky, Peter Brown and Scott Lacy
© 2013

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The ninth edition of Applying Anthropology: An Introductory Reader is a collection of articles that provide compelling examples of applied research in cultural anthropology. In this age of globalization and increased cultural intolerance, the basic messages of public anthropology are more important than ever. This new edition offers ten new readings that refer to contemporary social issues such as religious belief, work and family, social class, food production, relationships, consumerism, the effects of climate change on culture, and globalization.


1. Shakespeare in the Bush Laura Bohannan (Natural History, 1966)

2. Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Richard Borshay Lee (Natural History, 1969)

3. Maxwell’s Demons: Disenchantment in the Field Janet McIntosh

Kinship and Family

4. When Brothers Share a Wife Melvyn C. Goldstein (Natural History, 1987)

5. How Many Fathers Are Best for a Child? Meredith F. Small (Discover, 2003)

6. “To Give up on Words”: Silence in Western Apache Culture Keith H. Basso (Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, 1970)

7. How Families Work: Love, Labor and Mediated Oppositions in American Domestic Ritual Mark Auslander

Ritual and Religion

8. Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Horace Miner (American Anthropologist, 1956)

9. Ritual in the Operating Room Pearl Katz

10. Plastic Red Rituals: There's More to That Cup Than You Think Krystal D'Costa

11. The Adaptive Value of Religious Ritual Richard Sosis (American Scientist, 2004)

Food and Agriculture

12. The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race Jared Diamond (Discover, 1987)

13. The Forgotten Population: Youth, Food Insecurity, and the Global Food Crisis Craig Hadley, Tefera Belachew, David Lindstrom, Fasil Tessema

14. Chinese Table Manners: You Are How You Eat Eugene Cooper (Human Organization, 1986)

Gender and Sexuality

15. Talk in the Intimate Relationship: His and Hers Deborah Tannen

16. Measuring Up to Barbie: Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture Jacqueline Urla and Alan C. Swedlund

17. Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?: Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others Lila Abu-Lughod (American Anthropologist, 2002)

18. Gay Marriage and Anthropology Linda S. Stone (Anthropology News, 2004)

19. “Strange Country This”: An Introduction to North American Gender Diversity Will Roscoe (Changing Ones, 1998)

Medical Anthropology

20. It Takes A Village Healer: Anthropologists believe traditional medicine can remedy Africa's aids crisis. Are They Right? Matthew Steinglass

21. The Viral Superhighway George Armelagos (The Sciences, 1998)

22. Culture and the Evolution of Obesity Peter J. Brown (Human Nature, 1991)

23. Pocahontas Goes to the Clinic: Popular Culture as Lingua Franca in a Cultural Borderland Cheryl Mattingly (American Anthropologist, 2006)

Money and Conflict

24. Anthropologist Takes Inner-City Children on Shopping Sprees Elizabeth Chin

25. Just Another Job?: The Commodification of Domestic Labor Bridget Anderson

26. Conflict and Confluence in Advertising Meetings Robert J. Morais (Human Organization, 2007)

Law and Conflict

27. Law, Custom, and Crimes against Women: The Problem of Dowry Death in India John van Willigen and V. C. Channa (Human Organization, 1991)

28. The Kpelle Moot James L. Gibbs Jr. (Africa, 1963)

29. Sacred Barriers to Conflict Resolution 192 Scott Atran, Robert Axelrod, Richard Davis (Science, 2007)

30. Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones David Rohde (New York Times, 2007)

31. Contemporary Warfare in the New Guinea Highlands Aaron Podolefsky (Ethnology, 1984)

Environment, Poverty, & Development

32. Are the Desert People Winning? Robert Sapolsky

33. Two Rights Make a Wrong: Indigenous Peoples Versus Environmental Protection Agencies Richard Reed

34. Moral Fibers of Farmer Cooperatives: Creating Poverty and Wealth with Cotton in Southern Mali Scott M. Lacy (2008)

35. Family Planning Outreach and Credit Programs in Rural Bangladesh Sidney Ruth Schuler and Syed M. Hashemi (Human Organization, 1995)

Globalization and Culture Change

36. The Search for Sustainable Markets: The Promise and Failures of Fair Trade Julia Smith (Culture & Agriculture, 2007)

37. Globalization from the Ground Up Dave Crawford

38. The Price of Progress 273 John H. Bodley (Victims of Progress, 1999)

About the Author

Aaron Podolefsky

Peter Brown

Peter J. Brown teaches at Emory University. He is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences and also a professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health. He serves as the Director of Emory’s Center for Health, Culture and Society. He has co-edited : The Anthropology of Infectious Diseases; Emerging Illnesses and Society: Negotiating the Public Health Agenda; Applying Anthropology (9th edition); and Applying Cultural Anthropology (8th edition). His research primarily deals with sociocultural aspects of malaria and its control, and he serves on a malaria-related Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Health Organization. He has an additional research interest on cultural issues in obesity and its related chronic diseases. Recipient of several teaching awards, he is a director of a new program "Global Health, Culture and Society" at Emory College.

Scott Lacy

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