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ISBN-13: 978-0078035029 ISBN-10: 0078035023 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

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: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By abt1950 on April 21, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cristina pinela on March 13, 2014
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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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By Mrs. BenAvram on March 12, 2013
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When I first received this book through the mail, I was a little confused by the format. It looked like a magazine as opposed to a textbook. At first look, I thought they'd sent me the wrong book. After examining it, I realized that it, indeed, was the right "textbook." It was presented to differently than what I was accustomed. After working with the book for a week or so, I loved it! Good sharp, glossy, pictures and print. Clear headings. Important sections highlighted. Information easily located with sharply defined context, index, glossary, and bibliography. The book was well-written with new and up-to-date information. What impressed me was the honesty that was found between the pages. Years, ago such honesty was missing in books about culture, race, and anthropology. Enjoy!
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The overall format of this book isn't what I'd expect when taking a college class. It was like reading a magazine intended for junior high students. Maybe it is because I had already watched a number of anthropological documentaries prior to reading the book, but by the third chapter I'd stopped even bothering to use it. I still received 100% on almost all of my assignments, simply because I knew more information than the book even contained.

I'd give it 5 stars for being the correct book, but I'm reviewing it as a product, and it is a very poorly written and designed book.
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It's about time textbooks began to break from the 50s pencil-back doldrum. The ad-free magazine style isn't my style, but it's definitely refreshing and effective. The various formats are connected allowing for cognitively complex thought inclusive of and perhaps beyond the intended lessons. The subject matter is basic, the illustrations vibrant, and the editing well done. Certain conventions are maintained such as a linear dialogue, q/a, and exercises, lending some familiarity for the more fearful of our species.
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By Priscilla on June 22, 2013
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Had to buy this for my foreign culture class.Liked how it was organized,not a tortuous read.would recommend to others.Happy I bought it.
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This E book was perfect for my class. I could search and read the format as it appeared on hardcover (unlike other e books that I have purchased) Be careful how many devices you install it on because that is limited by the author.
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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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