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Author(s): Welsch, Robert L. ; Vivanco, Luis A.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 87

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In writing Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity, the authors' goal is to help students learn to develop the kinds of thinking skills that practicing anthropologists use in fieldwork, and thinking through relevant issues like globalization, the environment, ethnic diversity and conflict, access to medicine and education, and religious identities.

Drawing inspiration from Einstein’s famous observation that 99% of a good answer is a good question, Welsch and Vivanco's first edition of Cultural Anthropology: Asking Questions About Humanity combines a question-centered pedagogy with the topics typically covered in an introductory course. What is emphasized upfront is what the discipline of anthropology knows and which issues are in debate, and how a cultural perspective is relevant to understanding social, political, and economic dynamics in the contemporary world.

The authors believe that asking good questions about real world situations, critical thinking, familiarity with theoretical concepts, and the impossibility of simple answers should be hallmarks of any Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course, and this textbook is intended to support these goals.

Publication date: November 2014

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