Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology, Second Edition

By Michael G. Kenny and Kirsten Smillie

© 2017

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.

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  • Page Count: 320 pages
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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.

Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology, Second Edition

By Michael G. Kenny and Kirsten Smillie

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • 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 Information

    Michael 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
    Acknowledgements
    Preface

    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

    Conclusion
    Glossary
    References
    Sources
    Index