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CULTURE [Paperback]

Lisa Gezon , Conrad Kottak
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January 25, 2011 0078035023 978-0078035029 1
McGraw-Hill conducted extensive research to gain insight into students’ study behavior and instructor needs. We learned that students want visual appeal and content designed according to the way they learn, while instructors need a way to engage their students without compromising on high quality content. From this, we created the M Series (a series of magazine style textbooks).

CULTURE is the latest addition to the series. This new magazine style text for the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course offers solid scholarly content and an engaging design that will captivate your students. Through memorable eye-catching pedagogical features, students develop a better understanding of the material and will retain a greater amount of course concepts. This book presents cultural anthropology in a way that is both captivating and relevant to today’s student at a price that they prefer.

More current, more portable, more captivating, plus a rigorous and innovative research foundation adds up to: more learning. When you meet students where they are, you can take them where you want them to be.


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Lisa L. Gezon is a cultural anthropologist who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1995. She has been teaching Anthropology at the University of West Georgia since 1996 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her primary research area has been in Madagascar, but she has also conducted research in the state of Georgia (U.S.A.) and in Senegal, West Africa. She is interested in many facets of humans and their relationship to the material environment, including conservation and protected area management (Madagascar), management of water commons (coastal Georgia), and the contribution of peanut farming to deforestation (Senegal). She is currently interested in the commodity chains of the drug khat in Madagascar, considering land cover change, rural and urban livelihoods, and the cultural politics of drug policies and perceptions. Her research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, and a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. Significant publications include Gezon, Lisa L. 2006. Global Visions, Local Landscapes: A Political Ecology of Conservation, Conflict, and Control in Northern Madagascar, AltaMira Press; and Paulson, Susan and Lisa L. Gezon 2005. Political Ecology, Across Spaces, Scales and Social Groups (coauthored with Susan Paulson), Rutgers University Press.

Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968. He served as Anthropology Department chair from 1996 to 2006. In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan. In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. In 1999 the America Anthropological Association awarded Professor Kottak the AAA/Mayfield Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.

Professor Kottak has done ethnographic fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. Conrad Kottak's articles have appeared in academic journals including American Anthropologist, Journal of Anthropological Research, American Ethnologist, Ethnology, Human Organization, and Luso-Brazilian Review. He has also written for more popular journals, including Transaction/SOCIETY, Natural History, Psychology Today, and General Anthropology.

In recent research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.

Recently, Kottak was inducted to The National Academy of Sciences. This is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078035023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078035029
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mirror for Humanity with bells and whistles April 21, 2012
By abt1950
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This is a very attractive book, and I've used it for several semesters now. My students seem to like it. It's got a nice, magazine-like layout and it's an accessible read. The graphics and sidebars give it a pizazz and most textbooks lack.

However, it's a revision of Kottak's earlier concise version of MIRROR FOR HUMANITY (can't remember the edition, but it's the most recent one). The text is identical, but the earlier book doesn't have the bells and whistles. For a student on a tight budget, I'd suggest looking for the most recent edition of the concise MIRROR FOR HUMANITY.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required school reading - not a bad read June 12, 2014
By Cody
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This was one of many books I needed to read for college. Buying it on Amazon might save you a lot of money, especially if you get it used (or even rent it). It was definitely one of the easier ones to get through. I wouldn't recommend it for your casual entertainment, but if you need it for school, it's not too bad.
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I purchased this book and almost two weeks later i get an email saying that it wasnt in stock! Not only did it waste my time but i paid for it and got refunded everything except the money i paid for shipping and handling! It was so frustrating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed October 11, 2013
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I needed this book for school, and I was able to get it for a half of what the school was charging and in great condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good October 7, 2013
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I bought this book for my anthropology class, so far it has been very helpfull. The book itself was a littel damaged and it had been previusly used by ALOT of people; however, it was in an exelent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great September 22, 2013
By Jamal
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I didn't use it that much in class but I'm still gonna keep it, but it has a lot to offer
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2.0 out of 5 stars Markings, Highlighting September 18, 2013
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This book has many pages that are written and highlighted on, the book cover was dirty when I received it.
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