Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology, Second Edition
Stories of Culture and Place makes use of one of anthropology's most enduring elements—storytelling—to introduce students to the excitement of the discipline. The authors invite students to think of anthropology as a series of stories that emerge from cultural encounters in particular times and places. References to classic and contemporary ethnographic examples—from Coming of Age in Samoa to Coming of Age in Second Life—allow students to grasp anthropology's sometimes problematic past, while still capturing the potential of the discipline.
This new edition has been significantly reorganized and includes two new chapters—one on health and one on economic change—as well as fresh ethnographic examples. The result is a more streamlined introductory text that offers thorough coverage but is still manageable to teach.
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 320 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Reviews"An outstanding introduction to anthropology's historical development and current relevance. While students will appreciate the book's clarity, flow, and engaging style, instructors can feel confident in assigning a text that is far more than just 'accessible'."
Andrew Walsh, Western University
"Stories of Culture and Place offers a lively introduction to cultural anthropology, at every step using stories to engage, disturb, instruct, and thoughtfully connect anthropological concepts to pressing issues today."
Kirin Narayan, author of Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov
"This is the best new textbook I have seen in a long time. It avoids some of the major bugaboos that are de rigueur in most other textbooks, while using fresh examples, many anchored in the North American experience."
Les Field, University of New Mexico
"After experimenting with a few different textbooks, this is the one I like the best. Stories of Culture and Place does a great job of introducing core concepts. it is uncluttered, well-structured, and uses a few well-chosen examples to illustrate key ideas. it is not too long, so it leaves me room to elaborate and supplement with ethnographies and other material. Students like it too, as they feel it is not too dense, hence they can actually master the content."
Tania Li, University of Toronto
Author InformationMichael G. Kenny is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
Kirsten Smillie is a Facility Engagement Liaison with Doctors of BC, a health services researcher, and an instructional designer.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
1. The Story of Anthropology: The "New" World
2. History in Context
3. Culture Shock
3. Making a Living
4. The Ties that Bind: Kinship and the Social Order
5. Symbol, Myth, and Meaning
6. Health, Medicine, and Society
7. Gender and Social Expectations
8. Race, Science, and Human Diversity
9. The Politics of Culture
10. Anthropology, Cultural Change, and Globalization
Subjects and Courses