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Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture

Distant Mirrors: America as a Foreign Culture
Author: Philip R. DeVita - James D. Armstrong
ISBN 13: 9780534556488
ISBN 10: 534556485
Edition: 3
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2001-06-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
List Price: $104.95

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 readers to understand the full impact of ethnography, to experience cultural relativity and to gain a foundation to build informed comparisons, readers need a firm grasp of their own culture—and need to use this volume. The Third Edition c


Nineteen anthropologists who are cultural outsiders to America offer reflective first-person accounts of their own experiences in the US, emphasizing those facets of their experiences that revealed important insights into American culture or cultures, institutions, and social life. Study questions are appended to each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)