Distant Mirrors : America as a Foreign Culture (3TH)


Distant Mirrors : America as a Foreign Culture (3TH)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 197 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780534556488
  • DDC分類 973.92

Full Description

Anthropology has a long history of the "other," yet we can look right here at home for the strangeness we seek. We often neglect to ask the questions that reveal our own culture's underlying value and beliefs. In this volume, we bring the American culture into focus. For students to understand the full impact of ethnography, to experience cultural relativity and to gain a foundation to build informed comparisons, students need a firm grasp of their own culture--and need to use this volume. The Third Edition consists of 19 essays written by anthropologists and other scholars using an ethnographic perspective. The essays enable students to understand themselves better by focusing on their own culture and seeing it from a new perspective. This collection gives anthropology a comparative perspective that provides a reflective lens, a mirror, for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live.

Table of Contents

Understanding Ourselves: About the Third Edition   ix
James D. Armstrong
Philip R. DeVita
Acknowledgments xv
One Hundred Percent American 1 (3)
Ralph Linton
The American Cultural Configuration 4 (23)
Lowell D. Holmes
Ellen Rhoads Holmes
Body Ritual Among the Nacirema 27 (5)
Horace Miner
Professor Widjojo Goes to a Koktel Parti 32 (5)
Weston LaBarre
An Outsider's View of American Culture 37 (7)
Janusz L. Mucha
Growing Up American: Doing the Right Thing 44 (6)
Amparo B. Ojeda
My American Glasses 50 (9)
Francisco Martins Ramos
American Graffiti: Curious Derivatives of 59 (9)
Jin K. Kim
The Young, the Rich, and the Famous: 68 (7)
Individualism as an American Cultural Value
Porance Natadecha-Sponsel
America and I 75 (9)
Herve Varenne
Encounters with the Elderly in America 84 (11)
Yohko Tsuji
Neighborly Strangers 95 (7)
Honggang Yang
Pais de mis Suenos: Reflections on Ethnic 102(8)
Labels, Dichotomies, and Ritual Interactions
Gisela Ernst
Giving, Withholding, and Meeting Midway: A 110(12)
Poet's Ethnography
Saleem Peeradina
A Russian Teacher in America 122(17)
Andrei Toom
First Impressions: Diary of a French 139(9)
Anthropologist in New York City
Francoise Dussart
Life and Cultures: The Test of Real 148(14)
Participant Observation
E.L. Cerroni-Long
Learning to Hug: An English Anthropologist's 162(15)
Experiences in North America
Geoffrey Hunt
A European Anthropologist's Personal and 177
Ethnographic Impressions of the United States
Emanuel J. Drechsel