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The key to crossing the borders of our own world is found in probing the experience and interest of Others as filtered through aspects of their culture.
Middleton's fair, uncluttered synthesis of a wide-ranging topic continues to offer inspiration for thinking about what it means to be different from and similar to Others. Brief ethnographic excerpts are interwoven to demonstrate the hold that culture has on us. Such firsthand experiences, reported by anthropologists, reveal the challenging and sometimes humorous situations that can arise when we attempt to understand Others and when they do the same with us. Heralded by Anthropology Today: Middleton, by making the sensory and intellectual challenge of culture shock so central to his pedagogic strategy, has found common ground that should unite all schools of cultural anthropology.
The work brims with valuable insights that broaden possibilities to achieve rewarding human interaction, whether in our own neighborhood or across the globe. Arguably one of the best contemporary treatments of cultural diversity available, the latest edition includes expanded discussions of applied anthropology and ethics.
uses personal narratives of actual fieldworkers to capture student interest
builds a general model of understanding applicable to all forms of diversity
stresses human commonality, and explains the origins of culture
addresses cultural influences on emotions and intellect
handles the topic concisely for increased flexibility in a variety of courses
deals with the questions of how and for what purpose cultures should be compared
guides the reader from the tribal village to the global village