BOOKS RECEIVED: William Balee, “Inside Cultures: A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
New ways of viewing culture require new approaches to anthropology textbooks. This concise, contemporary, and inexpensive alternative option for instructors of cultural anthropology breaks away from the traditional structure of introductory textbooks. Emphasizing the interplay of complexity and subsistence, the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Grant S. McCall, “Before Modern Humans: New Perspectives on the African Stone Age” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This fascinating volume, assessing Lower and Middle Pleistocene African prehistory, argues that the onset of the Middle Stone Age marks the origins of landscape use patterns resembling those of modern human foragers. Inaugurating a paradigm shift in our understanding of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Layton,  Shennon and Stone, eds., “A Future for Archaeology” (Left Coast Press, 2007)
Over the last thirty years issues of culture, identity and meaning have moved out of the academic sphere to become central to politics and society at all levels from the local to the global. Archaeology has been at the forefront… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Lenore Manderson, “Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries, and the Social Self” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Surface Tensions is an expansive, yet intimate study of how people remake themselves after catastrophic bodily change―the loss of limbs, the loss of function, the loss or replacement of organs. Against a sweeping cultural backdrop of art, popular culture, and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Phyllis Stern and Caroline Porr, “Essentials of Accessible Grounded Theory” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Phyllis Noerager Stern and Caroline Porr provide the most accessible description of grounded theory methods to date in this brief, clear, and useful guide. Based on the foundational work of Barney Glaser, the volume reflects the complexity of conducting grounded… Read More
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