An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology (Book Review)

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An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology The National Museum of Anthropology at Chapultepec Park in Mexico City

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Are you craving new outlooks on anthropology? Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology is a collection of essays by several different anthropologists studying around the globe. The book is a great tool for introductory students and professors who want to see their curriculum come to life.

An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology

Professors, get your students excited about anthropology with Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology. With more than a dozen essays by all different anthropologists in the field, the textbook will peak readers’ curiosities from the get-go. The book divides into chapters that not only tell stories about anthropologists’ experiences, but teach students important concepts along the way. Plus, it provides photo and video supplements for readers to engage with.

First, Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology  introduces how anthropological ideas have developed over time, “the culture concept,” and methods of doing fieldwork. Then, students will dive into first-hand accounts from working anthropologists on all different areas of anthropological studies. The subjects of research covered in the textbook include language, politics, family, and marriage. It also dives into race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion, sustainability, performance, health and medicine, and more. Finally, the textbook addresses anthropology in practice, media anthropology, and public anthropology. These chapters help students visualize the boots-on-the-ground work that anthropologists do day by day.

About the Editors of Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology

Thomas McIlwraith holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He also has a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Now, he conducts research with indigenous peoples in British Columbia.

Laura Gonzalez is an anthropology professor at San Diego Miramar College in California. In addition to Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology, she is author of Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology, a textbook for introductory students that covers food, sustainability, gender and sexuality. Nina Brown holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California in Santa Barbara. She is now a professor of sociology at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. She teaches courses in activism, the history of race, and social theory.

Publisher: American Anthropological Association
License: Attribution-NonCommercial

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