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5.0 out of 5 stars straightforward and in centered on current issues
I'm not sure why anyone would rate this book poorly, or say that it is too complicated a read. I am an anthropologist who has read many texts on globalization and this book is as straightforward and contemporaneous as it gets. Lewellen has created a great synthesis of the field of global research with historical foundations that are clear. If you want to get grounded in...
Published on April 28, 2005 by Carlos D. Torres

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but requires student pre-existing knowledge
I purchased this book to use for a lower level undergraduate course on Globalization and Culture. I thought it would make a good text around which to structure other readings on globalization pertaining to specific indigenous cultures of North and South America. While the chapter headings appear to fit, the level of theoretical knowledge required for the average...
Published on October 21, 2008 by B. Biglow


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars straightforward and in centered on current issues, April 28, 2005
This review is from: The Anthropology of Globalization: Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century (Paperback)
I'm not sure why anyone would rate this book poorly, or say that it is too complicated a read. I am an anthropologist who has read many texts on globalization and this book is as straightforward and contemporaneous as it gets. Lewellen has created a great synthesis of the field of global research with historical foundations that are clear. If you want to get grounded in the subject of globalization, and the problems and issues that researchers face, start here. Yes, it is not a fun read, but the field is in need of a text like this to be able to explain in undergraduate terminolgy, the intricacies of global economic processes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but requires student pre-existing knowledge, October 21, 2008
This review is from: The Anthropology of Globalization: Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century (Paperback)
I purchased this book to use for a lower level undergraduate course on Globalization and Culture. I thought it would make a good text around which to structure other readings on globalization pertaining to specific indigenous cultures of North and South America. While the chapter headings appear to fit, the level of theoretical knowledge required for the average undergraduate student to use such a text fits for those who have already had a course in theory (leading to a firm foundational understanding of gender and development, identity, and postmodern theory). A lesson learned for adopting a text "sight unseen" (other than an Amazon.com 'Look Inside' preview). As such, this text is more suited to majors in their final semester and graduate level. Bodley's 'Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems' is probably a more apt fit for undergraduates.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great review and overview, December 16, 2002
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This review is from: The Anthropology of Globalization: Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century (Paperback)
This is an excellent introduction, summary and critique of globalization for anthropologists/social scientists/individuals interested in such topics. You'll find the text readable and accessable. The examples are good and the timely as well. If you want one good resource on the topic of globalization, this is it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my idea of a good time, May 3, 2004
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I found Lewellen to be very wordy and dry. I read the book for Contemporary Anthropological Theory at my university and had to write a 15 page paper on it. I had to read the book twice in order to absorb any of it. I have taken four years of anthropology classes and still find the book to be way above my head. This is not a book to read for pleasure. If not in the garbage, it belongs in the classroom with extreme outlining of it, for Lewellen tends to be jumpy and almost scattered. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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