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Anthropology and Egalitarianism is an artful and accessible introduction to key themes in cultural anthropology. Writing in a deeply personal style and using material from his fieldwork in three dramatically different locales -- Indonesia, West Africa, and Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson -- Eric Gable shows why the ethnographic encounter is the core of the discipline's method and the basis of its unique contribution to understanding the human condition. Gable weaves together vignettes from the field and discussion of major works as he explores the development of the idea of culture through the experience of cultural contrast, anthropology's fraught relationship to racism and colonialism, and other enduring themes.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Culture by Contrast and Theory in Anthropology
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1: Supping with Savages
  2. pp. 15-34
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  1. 2: Standing in a Line
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. 3: Jefferson’s Ardor
  2. pp. 57-79
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  1. 4: The Colonialist’s Dress Code
  2. pp. 80-96
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  1. 5: Taking Pictures in the Field, or the Anthropologist’s Dress Code
  2. pp. 97-126
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  1. 6: Beyond Belief
  2. pp. 127-156
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  1. 7: The Sex Life of Savages
  2. pp. 157-183
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  1. Conclusion: Tending to Nature, Tending to Culture; or, Is Anthropology History?
  2. pp. 184-210
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  1. Notes on Sources
  2. pp. 211-217
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  1. References
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-228
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253004840
Related ISBN
9780253355768
MARC Record
OCLC
695996366
Pages
246
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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