Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture
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Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture

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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 Cengage Learning (first published January 1993)
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Not exactly what I was hoping for in terms of anthropological discourse. Most of the content consists of Anthro 100-level short essays, and many of the authors generalize far too much about anything and everything. To top all of this off, the insensitivity displayed by some of the contributors was startling - chiefly Holmes. Holmes is the author of 'The American Cultural Configuration' and claims that 'although some black and brown faces are now evident in suburban areas, few corn-row or dreadlo...more
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
I use this anthology in a comparative ethnic studies course to get students to think about their American culture from non-American viewpoints.
This is a set of essays written by foreign anthropologists who live in America. Sometimes funny, other times insightful.
Excellent contemporary anthropology. Should re-read.
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