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Why Nothing Works: The Anthropology of Daily Life

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A Simon & Schuster eBook

(original title: america now, the anthropology of a changing culture)
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 15th 1987 by Touchstone (first published 1981)
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Jan 25, 2015 Jongu rated it liked it
Es interesante el punto de vista que muestra el señor Harris, aunque me ha parecido un poco prepotente. Una pena haberlo leído a prisa y corriendo para el examen. Ya sabéis, si se os rompe una lavadora u os llega mal una compra por internet es culpa de las mujeres trabajadoras, los negros y los gays.
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Nov 08, 2013 Stevens Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too bad we didn't pay attenion when this was first published.
Dec 30, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book is from 1987 and comments on the problems facing America in that time. I thought it would be outdated but it's not, it's an incredibly well researched and very easy to read history of the changes of the US after WW2 leading to the situation it's in today, which now 20 years later has only been amplified.

This book easily shows you how different aspects of American society previously thought unrelated are in fact deeply connected like a spider's web. Chapters such as "Why nothing works"
May 24, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
Mom's hardback copy of the original 1981 edition--America Now: The Anthropology of a Changing Culture. The new title comes from Chapter 1. I had taken a soc/anth class and was quite taken with Mr. Harris. I wonder what his views would be these days. I think we read another work of his for class or studied him in depth. It made a big impression. One of my favorite courses at DU.
Jose Manuel Vera
Probablemente su visión haya sido superada por nuevas lineas de investigación antropológica, pero entiendo que Marvin Harris es un autor de obligada lectura para enterarse de algo de lo que significa ser humano.
Nov 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the weaker boob by Marvin Harris, in my opinion. And, on the other hand, it interesting to understand the american 70's and hiperindustrialization, but the book is obsolete for the new information era.
Oct 25, 2015 Lancer rated it it was amazing
Great book! Pissed me off about our culture. I learned many things. Everyone should read this book.
Oct 10, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it
An interesting book, a little out of date, but still makes some good points
Aug 03, 2014 Don rated it it was ok
Highly speculative, queer, yet fairly amusing -- probably inadvertently so. I was quite surprised to learn that the author of this odd book was a department chair at Columbia.
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American anthropologist Marvin Harris was born in Brooklyn, New York. A prolific writer, he was highly influential in the development of cultural materialism. In his work he combined Karl Marx's emphasis on the forces of production with Malthus's insights on the impact of demographic factors on other parts of the sociocultural system. Labeling demographic and production factors as infrastructure, ...more
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