Why Humans Have Cultures

Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity

Author: Michael Carrithers

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780192892119

Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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Why do humans have such diverse cultures and ways of life? Michael Carrithers presents an original and powerful answer to this central problem of anthropology, arguing that it is the ways in which people interact, rather than technological advances, that have been of crucial importance in human history. Lucid and thought-provoking, he draws both on ancient and contemporary examples to show how this perspective forms a firm foundation for the study of culture, society, and history.
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Inclusive Humanism

Anthropological Basics for a Realistic Cosmopolitanism

Author: Christoph Antweiler

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3847000225

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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Die Vielfalt miteinander vernetzter Kulturen auf unserem begrenzten Planeten erfordert gemeinsame Orientierungen. Die Humanwissenschaften müssen fundamentale Fragen angehen: Wie sieht ein Humanismus aus, der eigene Sichten und Erfahrungen Europas und Amerikas nicht vorschnell universalisiert? Wie können wir Globalität als Ganzes denken, ohne Einheit und Differenz gegeneinander auszuspielen? Braucht eine Weltgemeinschaft gemeinsame Werte, oder reichen Regeln für einen humanen Umgang? Wie kann der allgegenwärtige Ethnozentrismus zivilisiert werden? Wie lässt sich verhindern, dass »Kultur« in Identitätskämpfen als Waffe missbraucht wird? Ein realistischer Kosmopolitismus muss die Menschheit als Einheit verstehen, ohne Kulturen in globale Schablonen zu pressen. Hierfür können wir sowohl auf geteilte Charakteristika aller Menschen als auch auf Gemeinsamkeiten aller Kulturen bauen. Dieses Buch bietet ein anthropologisch informiertes Fundament zu heute drängenden Problemen interkulturellen Umgangs.
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Includes no. 53a: British wartime books for young people.
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Archaeology of Religion

Cultures and their Beliefs in Worldwide Context

Author: Sharon R Steadman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315433877

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Steadman fills an empty niche in the offerings on how archaeology interprets past religions with this useful textbook. The book includes case studies from around the world, from the study of Upper Paleolithic religions and of shamans in foraging societies to formal religious structures in advanced complex societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and the Andes. Steadman also includes key contemporary religions—Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, among others—to provide an historical and comparative context. This is an ideal text for a archaeology of religion courses and classes that include a significant component on “past religions,” as well as an excellent guide for general readers.
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Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology

An Encyclopedia

Author: R. Jon McGee,Richard L. Warms

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452276307

Category: Social Science

Page: 1056

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Social and cultural anthropology and archaeology are rich subjects with deep connections in the social and physical sciences. Over the past 150 years, the subject matter and different theoretical perspectives have expanded so greatly that no single individual can command all of it. Consequently, both advanced students and professionals may be confronted with theoretical positions and names of theorists with whom they are only partially familiar, if they have heard of them at all. Students, in particular, are likely to turn to the web to find quick background information on theorists and theories. However, most web-based information is inaccurate and/or lacks depth. Students and professionals need a source to provide a quick overview of a particular theory and theorist with just the basics—the "who, what, where, how, and why," if you will. In response, SAGE Reference plans to publish the two-volume Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia. Features & Benefits: Two volumes containing approximately 335 signed entries provide users with the most authoritative and thorough reference resource available on anthropology theory, both in terms of breadth and depth of coverage. To ease navigation between and among related entries, a Reader's Guide groups entries thematically and each entry is followed by Cross-References. In the electronic version, the Reader's Guide combines with the Cross-References and a detailed Index to provide robust search-and-browse capabilities. An appendix with a Chronology of Anthropology Theory allows students to easily chart directions and trends in thought and theory from early times to the present. Suggestions for Further Reading at the end of each entry and a Master Bibliography at the end guide readers to sources for more detailed research and discussion.
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Visions of Culture

An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists

Author: Jerry D. Moore

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780585189963

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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An accessible, balanced undergraduate textbook on anthropological theory. Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents students with a brief, readable treatment of theoretical developments in the field from the days of Tylor and Morgan through contemporary postmodernists and cultural materialists. An ideal book for classes on the theory or the history of anthropology.
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