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Culture Sketches: Case Studies in Anthropology [Paperback]

Holly Peters-Golden
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June 13, 2008 0073405302 978-0073405308 5
Ideal for any Cultural Anthropology course, this brief and inexpensive collection of ethnographic case studies exposes students to fifteen different cultures. Culture Sketches introduces students to ethnography without overwhelming them with excessive reading material. Each sketch, or chapter, was selected for its relevance to students and for its ability to reflect the basic concepts found in introductory courses. All sketches follow a logical, consistent organization that makes it easy for students to understand major themes such as geography, myth creation, history, sociopolitical systems, and belief systems. The new edition offers a new chapter, "The Roma: Romanipe, Rights, and the Road Ahead", adding geographic breadth to the text.


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (June 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073405302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073405308
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading August 10, 2010
By Jason I
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Book is split into small chapters with maps and photos. Very clear and to the point on each culture, pointing out the unique characteristics of each. Includes very interesting facts, especially about certain groups. Informative and educational while being easy to read, so I gave it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Informative August 1, 2010
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Very interesting if you are like learning about the world's cultures. Tons of information and very understandable. Definitely recommend for the higher education seeker. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Sketches May 30, 2009
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Interesting, factual and to the point. Gives an overview of different cultures from beliefs of creation to rituals and traditions. Easy reading and concise. I learned alot without having to read overly worded chapters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars awful. September 12, 2013
By Anna
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Had to buy this book for class, hated it. Hated the class. Worst ever. Teacher didn't help; wanted to write horrible stuff about him, but refrained. But I'm more of a phys. anthropology person so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Organized and Informative August 13, 2013
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I had to use this book for my required college intro to anthropology class. This book was great, as it was quite well-organized. Each chapter described a group of people, with a map that shows where they originate. The sections in the book divide the different aspects of the peoples, such as origin stories, social structure, and how they obtain sustenance. Within these sections are unique subsections that describe anything special or unique for the culture. (Bonus: The subsections are fairly small and digestible.)

While I did get bored at times with the book, not being all that interested in people studies, this was a easy-to-read book that helped me understand other cultures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars College Textbook June 27, 2013
By Jill
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Had to use this book for a college course. Not bad to read considering I wasn't extremely interested in the subject matter but it was bearable. Got an "A" in the course and the cost of this book was very affordable. Thanks again Amazon!
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