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Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective Paperback – December 1, 2010
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"This engagingly written book is the most up-to-date introduction to cultural anthropology for Christians currently available. The authors summarize contemporary social theory and offer their own research and experiences on the field as an invitation to see the world anthropologically. Readers are helped to reflect on biblical themes in the light of anthropological realities and are encouraged to apply what they learn to a wide variety of work and ministry settings around the world."--Robert J. Priest, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"This unique text will help students understand our increasingly interconnected world, while also giving them the tools to deal with the practical and ethical issues that this world presents. It also gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of a little-known species--the Christian anthropologist."--Michael Jindra, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame
"Introducing Cultural Anthropology has much to offer. The chapters on religion and globalization are brilliant and all chapters are informative and challenging. I happily commend this book for use in college classrooms as well as missional training--students and all who anticipate ministry, whatever the context, will benefit."--R. Daniel Shaw, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
"This clearly written and well-organized text provides an insightful examination of cultural anthropology in a manner that encourages the integration of faith and learning. This is a needed resource within Christian higher education, and I highly recommend its use in introductory anthropology courses."--Katrina T. Greene, Biola University
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So -- short story -- I like it and recommend it. In the sections below, I'll give you an overview of the contents and offer a few thoughts on the book as a whole.
I found the intro and first chapters on the discipline of anthropology to be broad and dull, as usual, but really enjoyed the second chapter ("the concept of culture"), which helps students see a number of ways in which anthropologists think about culture. This was a great overview even for me as a graduate student in anthropology. "Language" was okay, and "social structure" had good application to American anthropology. "Gender and sexuality" may present a challenge for some of the more conservative, but is well-handled overall.
Chapter 6, "Production and exchange," was fairly well done, although I'm always frustrated with how intro textbooks spend so much time overviewing the concepts of foraging, horticulture, pastoralism, and agriculture, which I've never found of any use in life or in the field.Read more ›
Given its Christian perspective, however, this is obviously not a book for a normal course (if you are considering it as a textbook for a class) nor for someone simply wanting general knowledge in the field. It is filling a niche and does it well.
That being said, Howell and Paris offer one of the few quality attempts at something sorely lacking in Christian publishing: thoughtful and rigorous social scientific works. Christians can often (and usually for good reason) exhibit a phobia toward the social sciences, but this book helps to move past that. As such, it makes for a great textbook for Anthro course at a Christian college (I assigned it in my last course).
Lastly, another huge advantage is the price. Cultural Anthropology textbooks often cost three times as much. That makes the Howell and Paris text an affordable alternative.
But the book introduced the subject in such a good way, and also again again was it done in a practical and nice way, that make it easier for all people to understand.
The subject came alive, and I was able to look at my own life, and feel challenged to do things differently.
It has made my own life in Korea easier, as I was able to look at my life also and question some of the ways I was living my life.
A great book with so many powerful and important truth for all of us.
Please read it and get ready to learn
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I needed this book for my intro to anthro class and it was not your typical textbook. Very easy to read and understand if you're looking to learn more about anthropology.Published on May 24, 2013 by Christine Dvorak
Book looked good. upon inspection realized that there was a distinct crease with slight tearing on the binding side of the book, but I think it will work for this semester. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer