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Anthropology Matters


By: Shirley A Fedorak(Author)

240 pages, b/w illustrations, maps

University of Toronto Press

Paperback | Oct 2012 | Edition: 2 | #215541 | ISBN-13: 9781442605930
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Anthropology Matters places the study of anthropology concretely in the world by which it is surrounded. It takes a question-based approach to introducing important anthropological concepts by embedding those concepts in contemporary global issues that will interest students. The second edition of this popular text has been updated throughout and includes four new chapters on language revitalization, social media and social revolutions, human migration, and the role of NGOs in international development practice. Students can now engage with the most up-to-date issues while learning to think anthropologically.


Thematic Guide to Content
Author Profile
To the Instructor

Part One: How Does Anthropology Work?

1. What Are the Challenges in Ethnographic Fieldwork?
2. Of What Use Is Anthropology to the Business World? The Anthropology of Shopping
3. What Roles Do Anthropologists and Speech Communities Play in Language Retention and Revitalization?

Part Two: Why Does Anthropology Matter?

4. How Do Living, Studying, and Working in a Foreign Culture Affect People?
5. What Are the Underlying Reasons for Ethnic Conflict, and the Consequences of These Conflicts?
6. How Does Body Image Affect Self-esteem, Well-being, and Identity?
7. Is Female Circumcision a Violation of Human Rights or a Cherished Cultural Tradition?
8. What Are the Socio-economic, Religious, and Political Implications of Same-sex Marriage and Changing Family Structure?
9. What Is the Role of Social Media in Socio-political Revolution?
10. What Are the Socio-economic and Political Impacts of Human Migration?
11. What Benefits Do NGOs Provide Developing Countries, and How Can Their Presence Generate New Challenges?
12. Is the Practice of Purdah and Wearing Hijab Oppressive to Women or an Expression of Their Identity?

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Shirley A. Fedorak has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and the Cairo American College. She is the author of Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life (2009), Anthropology Matters (2007 and 2012), and was the lead author from 2002-2008 for the Canadian edition of William Haviland's bestselling introductory text Cultural Anthropology.

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