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Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology


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Violins: Local Meanings, Globalized Sounds

Violins: Local Meanings, Globalized Sounds

1st Edition

Pamela A. Moro
December 03, 2018

Violins: Local Meanings, Globalized Sounds examines the violin as an object of meaning in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, and as a vehicle for introducing anthropological issues. Each chapter highlights concepts as taught in lower-level anthropology courses, and includes teaching and...

Seafood: Ocean to the Plate

Seafood: Ocean to the Plate

1st Edition

Shingo Hamada, Richard Wilk
September 11, 2018

Seafood draws on controversial themes in the interdisciplinary field of food studies, with case studies from different eras and geographic regions. Using familiar commodities, this accessible book will help students understand cutting-edge issues in sustainability and ask readers to think about the...

Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age

Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Michelle Janning
June 28, 2018

In today’s world of Tinder and texting, do we write and save love letters anymore? Are we more likely to save a screenshot of a text exchange or a box of paper letters from a lover? How might these different ways to store a love letter make us feel? Sociologist Michelle Janning’s Love Letters:...

The Baseball Glove: History, Material, Meaning, and Value

The Baseball Glove: History, Material, Meaning, and Value

1st Edition

David Jenemann
June 07, 2018

The baseball glove is a ubiquitous item, a crucial piece of equipment in the game of baseball, and it offers the opportunity to examine the production of material culture and social practice at numerous levels. Where and how is a glove made, and how does its manufacture square with the narratives...

Persian Carpets: The Nation as a Transnational Commodity

Persian Carpets: The Nation as a Transnational Commodity

1st Edition

Minoo Moallem
May 30, 2018

Persian Carpets: the Nation As a Transnational Commodity tracks the Persian carpet as an exotic and mythological object, as a commodity, and as an image from mid-nineteenth-century England to contemporary Iran and the Iranian diaspora. Following the journey of this single object, the book brings...

An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction

An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

Tim Di Muzio, Richard H. Robbins
March 23, 2017

An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction shows how our present monetary system was imposed by elites and how they benefit from it. The book poses the question: how, by looking at different forms of money, can we appreciate that they have different effects? The authors demonstrate how...

Coffee Culture: Local Experiences, Global Connections

Coffee Culture: Local Experiences, Global Connections

2nd Edition

Catherine M. Tucker
February 02, 2017

Coffee Culture: Local experiences, Global Connections explores coffee as (1) a major commodity that shapes the lives of millions of people; (2) a product with a dramatic history; (3) a beverage with multiple meanings and uses (energizer, comfort food, addiction, flavouring, and confection); (4) an...

Re-imagining Milk: Cultural and Biological Perspectives

Re-imagining Milk: Cultural and Biological Perspectives

2nd Edition

Andrea S. Wiley
December 02, 2015

Milk is a fascinating food: it is produced by mothers of each mammalian species for consumption by nursing infants of that species, yet many humans drink the milk of another species (mostly cows) and they drink it throughout life. Thus we might expect that this dietary practice has some effects on...

Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing

Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing

1st Edition

Luis A. Vivanco
February 14, 2013

In cities throughout the world, bicycles have gained a high profile in recent years, with politicians and activists promoting initiatives like bike lanes, bikeways, bike share programs, and other social programs to get more people on bicycles. Bicycles in the city are, some would say, the wave of...

Alcohol: Social Drinking in Cultural Context

Alcohol: Social Drinking in Cultural Context

1st Edition

Janet Chrzan
January 07, 2013

Alcohol: Social Drinking in Cultural Context critically examines alcohol use across cultures and through time. This short text is a framework for students to self-consciously examine their beliefs about and use of alcohol, and a companion text for teaching the primary concepts of anthropology to...

The World of Wal-Mart: Discounting the American Dream

The World of Wal-Mart: Discounting the American Dream

1st Edition

Nick Copeland, Christine Labuski
December 18, 2012

This book demonstrates the usefulness of anthropological concepts by taking a critical look at Wal-Mart and the American Dream. Rather than singling Wal-Mart out for criticism, the authors treat it as a product of a socio-political order that it also helps to shape. The book attributes Wal-Mart’s...

Fake Stuff: China and the Rise of Counterfeit Goods

Fake Stuff: China and the Rise of Counterfeit Goods

1st Edition

Yi-Chieh Jessica Lin
February 10, 2011

"The Anthropology of Stuff" is part of a new Series dedicated to innovative, unconventional ways to connect undergraduate students and their lived concerns about our social world to the power of social science ideas and evidence. Our goal with the project is to help spark social science...

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