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Zone One
Zone One
by Colson Whitehead
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking person's zombie book, August 27, 2012
This review is from: Zone One (Paperback)
If you are expecting non-stop gore or over-the-top action, or a quick read, look elsewhere. This beautifully written book is a postmortem of American society told by the survivors who get to witness the autopsy. Hopping between present and past, the narrator gives a damning critique of various parts of the life he knew as he considers what will be relevant in this new world (several years after "First Night.") There is a running theme of nostalgia and the boundaries between living and dead, presented through Mark's memories of the things we know and love: Internet sock-puppets, childhood consumerism, diner franchises, corporate sponsorship, urban anonymity, dating, modern parenting, and smartphones, to name a few. Like the best of zombie fiction, it is a commentary on our world.


Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers
Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers
by L. L. Wynn
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ethnography of Tourism, May 4, 2012
I use this book for my undergraduate Anthropology of Tourism class, and it was a great book both to read and to teach from. Wynn presents two very different types of tourists traveling to Egypt -- the western tourist fascinated by pyramids and ancient Egyptian culture, and the Arab tourist interested in modern Egyptian nightlife. Given the author's previous experience and contacts in Saudi Arabia, she is able to question common assumptions, such as the idea that Saudi tourists travel to get away from their social lives at home (as opposed to experience different aspects of those societies). Throughout, she considers how Egyptians interact with these different kinds of tourists through the lens of larger historical contexts of migration, colonialism, and global inequality. Overall, this is an interesting, well-written, and engaging text.


Aymar Arux Akhamawa
Aymar Arux Akhamawa
by Miguel Huanca
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available textbook for learning Aymara, January 6, 2012
This review is from: Aymar Arux Akhamawa (Paperback)
Aymara is an indigenous language spoken by 3 million people in southern Peru and Bolivia. Miguel Huanca, a native speaker of Aymara from the Lake Titicaca region, has taught this language for many years to graduate students at the University of Chicago.

In my opinion, this is the best written pedagogical tool for learning Aymara available. It is also the only resource I am aware of that teaches Aymara to English speakers, and to those who speak no Aymara at all. (Most Aymara textbooks are only in Spanish, and/or assume some prior knowledge of Aymara.) I took a preliminary draft of this book to the field with me, and consulted it regularly.

The book is trilingual (English, Spanish and Aymara), contains information on pronunciation, and is organized by grammatical principals. It contains useful exercises to reinforce learning. The phrases and vocabulary employed are culturally appropriate to situations one might encounter in Aymara-speaking areas.

In short, for those who wish to learn Aymara I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

(Full disclosure: Prof. Huanca is the only person I know of teaching Aymara in the United States, and I took Aymara with him before completing my dissertation research in an Aymara-speaking region of Bolivia. I provided the photos for this textbook because I thought so highly of his work and the training I received from him. I was NOT paid for these photos, nor do I receive any money from the sale of this book.)


High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty
High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty
by Jessica R. Cattelino
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ethnography!, November 11, 2010
I recently assigned this book for my Anthropology of Tourism class. This book is well-written, compelling, and theoretically sophisticated. Cattelino focuses not on the gambling industry itself, but rather on the changes this new economy has brought to the Seminole people. Looking at diverse questions of economic wealth, cultural representations, changing housing forms, and the history of Seminole interactions with U.S. federal programs, she paints an even-handed and sympathetic portrait of a group that has lived through multiple moments of change, of which gaming is only the latest. She challenges dominant U.S. narratives that equate Native American culture with poverty and assume that wealth is inherently linked to cultural loss.

I would highly recommend this book for class use, as well as for the general reader who is interested in Native American societies, Native American gaming/casinos, or the Seminole in particular.


Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology
Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology
by Richard Wilk
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to economic anthropology, February 2, 2010
Wilk and Cliggett have written an excellent introduction to the subdiscipline of economic anthropology. By providing historical context for the debates that have framed the field, they highlight (rather than obscure) how such data has been produced and deployed. I assign this book for my Economic Anthropology class and have found it excellent for class use, although I think it could easily be read outside of a classroom context for an overview of the field.


The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
by Marcel Mauss
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic text for economic anthropology: There is no such thing as a "free gift"., February 2, 2010
Mauss's "The Gift" is a classic text for economic anthropology and the discipline in general. Written in 1923, partially in response to Malinowski's findings about the Kula ring (discussed in "Argonauts of the Western Pacific" published in 1922), Mauss is questioning the idea that a "gift" can ever be given without the expectation of some sort of return. At the time this was a very new way of approaching economic analysis in societies that did not use some form of money, and this book continues to be influential in that context.


Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia's War on Globalization
Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia's War on Globalization
by William Powers
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, June 25, 2009
I have written a full review of this book [...]but in short, I think this book is very well-written and honest. Powers is a keen observer of Bolivian culture and is not afraid to present us with situations that do not fit neatly into even the narrative he wishes to create. This is well worth reading, both by Bolivianists and by those who are curious about the politics surrounding indigenous groups and national parks in South America.


Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism
Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism
by Valene L. Smith
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in the Anthropology of Tourism, December 17, 2008
This book was revolutionary when first published in 1977 and continues to be useful, both theoretically and in terms of data, today. A must-read for anyone interested in the subdiscipline of the anthropology of tourism.


The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars: Who Decides What Makes a Good Mother?
The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars: Who Decides What Makes a Good Mother?
by Miriam Peskowitz
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive book., June 16, 2006
The author offers an enlightening and readable mix of solid academic research, personal experience, and feminist manifesto. She rejects the Mommy Wars as a media invention designed to sell insecure mothers more stuff, and suggests that our society needs to make changes that reflect a real commitment to the work of parenting: offer more high-quality part-time work, more gender parity in childrearing, and more awareness that the "choices" parents make are limited by economic and social pressures. An excellent book.


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