Download E-books Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard PDF

By Robert R. Desjarlais

“Chess will get a carry of a few humans, like an outbreak or a drug,” writes Robert Desjarlais during this soaking up ebook. Drawing on his lifelong fascination with the sport, Desjarlais courses readers into the area of twenty-first-century chess to aid us comprehend its specified pleasures and demanding situations, and to strengthen a brand new “anthropology of passion.” Immersing us at once in chess’s tricky tradition, he interweaves small dramas, heavily saw information, illuminating insights, colourful anecdotes, and unforgettable biographical sketches to explain the sport and to bare what is going on within the minds of skilled avid gamers after they face off over the board. Counterplay bargains a compelling tackle the intrigues of chess and exhibits how issues of play, good looks, festival, habit, fanciful cognition, and intersubjective engagement form the lives of these who absorb this so much eye-catching of games.

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Download E-books Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia (Phoenix Books) PDF

By Clifford Geertz

"In 4 short chapters," writes Clifford Geertz in his preface, "I have tried either to put out a basic framework for the comparative research of faith and to use it to a learn of the improvement of a supposedly unmarried creed, Islam, in rather contrasting civilizations, the Indonesian and the Moroccan."

Mr. Geertz starts off his argument by means of outlining the matter conceptually and supplying an summary of the 2 international locations. He then lines the evolution in their classical spiritual types which, with disparate settings and precise histories, produced strikingly diversified religious climates. So in Morocco, the Islamic notion of existence got here to intend activism, moralism, and extreme individuality, whereas in Indonesia an identical proposal emphasised aestheticism, inwardness, and the unconventional dissolution of character. so as to investigate the importance of those attention-grabbing advancements, Mr. Geertz units forth a chain of theoretical observations about the social position of religion.

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Download E-books Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times (Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific) PDF

By Hai Ren

The East Asian fiscal miracle of the 20th century is now a fond reminiscence. What does it suggest to be residing in post-miracle occasions? For the early life of China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, the possibilities and demanding situations of the neoliberal age, deeply formed by means of international forces in exertions markets, powerfully body their existence customers in ways in which are slightly recognizable to their parents.

Global Futures in East Asia gathers jointly ethnographic explorations of what its participants name tasks of "life-making." the following we see early life striving to appreciate themselves, their position in society, and their profession possibilities within the country, quarter, and global. whereas a few show optimism, it really is transparent that many others dread their customers within the aggressive worldwide approach within which the failure to thrive is keeping apart, humiliating, and probably even fatal.

Deeply engaged with one of the most major theoretical debates within the social sciences in recent times, and wealthy with infrequent cross-national comparisons, this assortment should be of significant curiosity to all students and scholars attracted to the formation of topics and subjectivities less than globalization and neoliberalism.

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Download E-books Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture PDF

By Marvin Harris

Why are human nutrients conduct so assorted? Why do american citizens flinch on the considered puppy meat? Jews and Moslems, red meat? Hindus, pork? Why do Asians abhor milk? In reliable to Eat, bestselling writer Marvin Harris leads readers on an informative detective experience to resolve the world's significant nutrients puzzles. He explains the variety of the world's gastronomic customs, demonstrating that what look first and foremost look to be irrational nutrients tastes end up fairly to were formed via useful, or financial, or political necessity. furthermore, his clever and lively therapy sheds knowledge on such themes as why there was an explosion in quick nutrients, why heritage shows that it really is "bad" to consume humans yet "good" to kill them, and why kids universally reject spinach. Good to Eat is greater than an highbrow event in meals for concept. it's a hugely readable, scientifically exact, and engaging paintings that demystifies the explanations of myriad human cultural differences.

name of comparable curiosity additionally to be had from Waveland Press: Kahn, Always Hungry, by no means grasping: nutrition and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society (ISBN 9780881337761).

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Download E-books Anthropologie: Ein einführendes Lehrbuch (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition) PDF

Die Anthropologie versteht sich hier als Brückenfach zwischen Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften. Sie schließt auch die nächsten Verwandten der Menschen im Tierreich, die nicht-menschlichen Primaten, mit ein. Diese Einführung vermittelt die ganze fachliche Breite im Grundstudium. Basierend auf einem Vorschlag der „Gesellschaft für Anthropologie e.V.“

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Download E-books The Lost World of the Kalahari: With 'The Great and the Little Memory' PDF

By Laurens van der Post

Laurens van der publish was once involved and appalled on the destiny of this striking humans. Ostracised via the entire altering face of African cultural existence they retreated deep into the Kalahari barren region. His interesting try to seize their lifestyle and the secrets and techniques in their old history offer eye-catching studying and a distinct perception right into a forgotten lifestyle.

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Download E-books The Evolution of Human Language: Scenarios, principles, and cultural dynamics (Advances in Consciousness Research) PDF

By Wolfgang Wildgen

Wolfgang Wildgen offers 3 views at the evolution of language as a key aspect within the evolution of mankind when it comes to the advance of human image use. (1) He ways this question by means of developing attainable eventualities within which mechanisms invaluable for symbolic habit may have constructed, at the foundation of the state-of-the-art in evolutionary anthropology and genetics. (2) Non-linguistic symbolic habit reminiscent of cave artwork is investigated as a tremendous clue to the developmental historical past to the beginning of language. Creativity and innovation and a population's skill to combine person experiments are thought of in regards to old examples of symbolic creativity within the visible arts and ordinary sciences. (3) possible linguistic 'fossils' of such linguistic options are tested. the result of this examine enable for brand spanking new proposals for a 'protolanguage' and for a concept of language inside of a broader philosophical and semiotic framework, and increases attention-grabbing questions as to human cognizance, common grammar, and linguistic method. (Series B)

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Download E-books Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology PDF

Framed round the thought of tradition, tradition COUNTS, third variation exhibits you ways tradition issues in riding and explaining human habit, how tradition is dynamic, and the way it interrelates numerous cultural platforms in adaptive (or maladaptive) methods. The e-book emphasizes why figuring out tradition is necessary for figuring out the area this present day, and the way people can remedy difficulties and impression confident switch. The authors draw you into the book's ideas through enticing ethnographic storytelling and a conversational writing variety that connects you to the themes. you will concentrate on modern concerns, problems with globalization, problems with gender, and problems with equalities and inequalities themes which are very important to either the examine of anthropology and your figuring out of the area round you.

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Download E-books Myths of Male Dominance: Collected Articles on Women Cross-Culturally PDF

By Eleanor Burke Leacock

“Highly advised, either as a seriously provided state of the art dialogue and as an account of the way one’s personal/political historical past informs the method of medical inquiry.”—Choice

This vintage anthropological research debunks the various myths at the back of the belief of “natural” male superiority. Drawing on vast historic and cross-cultural examine, Eleanor Burke Leacock indicates that says of male superiority are in line with conscientiously developed myths with out real historic foundation. She additionally records a variety of historic examples of egalitarian gender relations.

Eleanor Burke Leacock (1922–1987) was once famous for her ethnographic paintings between primitive societies, and her learn continues to be a formative effect between feminist anthropologists.

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Download E-books Claude Lévi-Strauss : Les cahiers de l'Herne n° 82 PDF

Anthropologue de réputation mondiale, Claude Lévi-Strauss, de l'Académie française, professeur honoraire au Collège de France, est l'auteur d'une oeuvre sizeable, traduite dans le monde entier, et qui a fait l'objet d'un très grand nombre de travaux. L'enseignement et les recherches de Claude Lévi-Strauss couvrent soixante années d'une activité qui air of secrecy été décisive pour le développement des sciences de l'homme et de los angeles société, par los angeles portée théorique d'une réflexion sur l'objet et le discours d'une anthropologie sociale témoignant de los angeles fécondité du structuralisme. Cet ouvrage reprend le meilleur du Cahier de l'Herne paru en 2004, sous los angeles course de Michel Izard. Les textes sélectionnés par Yves Jean tougher rendent compte du parcours d'exception de Lévi-Strauss - los angeles rencontre des Indiens brésiliens ou l'exil new yorkais lors de l. a. Seconde Guerre mondiale-, ainsi que des grandes étapes de l'invention créatrice, tel le passage des travaux sur l. a. parenté à l'immense aventure des Mythologiques...

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