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Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture
Anthropology has a long history of the "other," yet we can look right here at home for the strangeness we seek. We often neglect to ask the questions that reveal our own culture's underlying value and beliefs. In this volume, we bring the American culture into focus. For students to understand the full impact of ethnography, to experience cultural relativity and to gain a ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 12th 2001 by Wadsworth Publishing
(first published January 1993)
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A wildly entertaining look at American cultural customs as analyzed by several non-American anthropologists and sociologists. The essays do not always present as rigorous a study as I'd like - assumptions are made about the culture of the entire country based on a single midwest town, authors sometimes take more of a tone of cultural superiority than is necessary, etc. - but as a whole, it's very interesting to see what we take as "normal" behavior viewed through the lenses of "outsiders" who ar ...more
Very interesting! Well worth a read for any American-born citizen, regardless of a special interest in cultural anthropology. It's a collection of essays in no particular discernable order, and therefore good for lighter readers, who prefer to skip around. (I did not happen to skip around, myself).