Reflecting on America

Anthropologists from across the U.S. analyze aspects of American culture--from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to Burning Man and overconsumption--asking just what does it mean to be American.

Reflecting on America

Anthropologists from across the U.S. analyze aspects of American culturefrom Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome to Burning Man and overconsumptionasking just what does it mean to be American. A perfect textbook for undergraduate American studies and anthropology courses."

Reflecting on America

The authors, whether or not their subject matter is ephemeral, arrive at enduring conclusions so that the anthology has staying power; even though there are those who would state that the U.S. is too diverse to have any one culture. (It ...

Reflecting on America

In the spirit of Horace Miner, this thought-provoking yet accessible collection of articles (primarily written by American anthropologists on American mainstream culture) casts mainstream USA in the role of the "Other". It address traditional ethnographic categories covered by anthropologists--myth and ritual, economy and power, language and ideology-with theoretically meaty articles, geared toward an undergraduate audience. The authors, whether or not their subject matter is ephemeral, arrive at enduring conclusions so that the anthology has staying power; even though there are those who would state that the U.S. is too diverse to have any one culture. (It acknowledges diversity; while stressing how something that can reasonably be called "U.S. culture" emerges from and shapes the cultures of our component populations.) In addition, the collection is headed by a classic short piece, modeled after Horace Miner's "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema."

Reflecting on America

1 INTRODUCTION: UPON FURTHER REFLECTION Clare L. Boulanger There is a discernible culture, a river, a thread, connecting Thomas Jefferson to Lucille Ball to Malcolm X to ... When I was a boy who spoke Spanish, I saw America whole.

Reflecting on America

Anthropologists travel back in time and across the globe to understand human culturebut, surprise, there is culture right here in the United States. This second edition of the best-selling textbook and anthology, Reflecting on America, again focuses on how we can recognize the common cultural thread running through diverse American phenomenafrom heroin addiction and Big Businesss efforts to shape the identities of children, to Civil War reenactments and the popularity of burlesque in the Midwest. In addition, this second edition includes chapters written especially for this volume on striptease, Burning Man, The Big Bang Theory TV show, and Groundhog Phil. Written throughout with verve and quirky humor, and offering Questions for discussion after every article, this book is perfect for undergraduate classes in anthropology and American studies. Drawing together twenty-two scholars with expertise in anthropological ideas about culture, Reflecting on America examines what it means to be American.

Reflecting on America s First Black President

All this could only help prove that he had become not just that African American, a labeling that had dwarfed ecopolitical chances for his ilk. What the black community would be well advised to partake in should be to study the ...

Reflecting on America s First Black President

In highlighting the political and economic progress of African Americans while pinpointing the historical success of Barack Obama in the last presidential election, the book covers the history of the African peoples in the principal regions of Africa, the Caribbean, North America and South America. In reporting and acutely analyzing the same events of human history spanning over 1500 years, it initially delves into the reactions from the political order in the form of the Tea Party Movement following Obama's victory. Totalling over 500 pages, the book then takes the reader on a trip down memory lane, covering events as the slave trade, discrimination and colonization that pitted Africans and their diasporic descendants against Europeans, and later Americans. After covering the critical stages of African Americans' economic and political development following the Civil War to present day, the book crosses the Atlantic Ocean to cover the major failures of political events after independence on the African continent. Two specific chapters in the book analyze the events under feudal Europe that led to the enslavement of Africans while another does the same on the system of capitalism. The final four chapters report and analyze Africa's present challenges and possible solutions.

American Like Me

Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.

American Like Me

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures. America Ferrera has always felt wholly American, and yet, her identity is inextricably linked to her parents’ homeland and Honduran culture. Speaking Spanish at home, having Saturday-morning-salsa-dance-parties in the kitchen, and eating tamales alongside apple pie at Christmas never seemed at odds with her American identity. Still, she yearned to see that identity reflected in the larger American narrative. Now, in American Like Me, America invites thirty-one of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know them as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers. However, they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. And they call themselves American enthusiastically, reluctantly, or not at all. Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.

Reflection on America s Great Loop

The Hospodars took a year-long "journey of a lifetime" circumnavigating the waterways of the eastern United States and Canada.

Reflection on America s Great Loop

Adventure is not just for the young! Though "I own a boat!" was the opening phrase to their courtship and eventual married life, little did "Baby Boomer" couple, George and Pat Hospodar, know then that those words would lead to their making a year-long "journey of a lifetime" aboard their boat, Reflection, almost forty years later. This book welcomes and encourages not only fellow boaters, but also armchair adventurers, and dreamers of all ages to join them aboard as they share a light hearted, real-life account of their travels on the circumnavigation of the waterways of the eastern United States and Canada. In addition, for those who may consider making this journey themselves, the authors offer insights and tips on:? Routes? Anchorages? Navigation? Locking? Marinas? Free dockage? Low bridges? Fuel stops? Restaurants? Shopping? Points of interest and local history? Border crossings in Canada and the United States? Local marine weather websites and phone numbers.

A Dream Unfinished

Theologians on the margins reflect how their experience of ethnic and racial minority has influenced their theology and how this relates to the American Dream.

A Dream Unfinished

Theologians on the margins reflect how their experience of ethnic and racial minority has influenced their theology and how this relates to the American Dream.

Reflections on America

128 The theoryfree nature of American customs and habits of life, the preference for 'good sense' and 'positive calculations' as against speculation, is a central theme of Tocqueville's portrait of America, to which he constantly ...

Reflections on America

At a time when so many cracks have emerged within the imagined community of ‘the West', this important new book, by one of the leading social scientists in Europe, examines the intellectual history of comparing Europe and the United States. Claus Offe considers the perspectives adopted by three of Europe’s greatest social scientists – Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber and Theodor W. Adorno – in their comparative writings on Europe. While traveling, studying and working in the US, all three constantly looked back to their European origins, trying to decipher from their American experience what the future may hold for Europe, be it for better or worse. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French aristocrat, observed the functioning of American democracy with a mix of admiration, envy and deep concerns about the fate of liberty in the ‘democratic age'. Max Weber, the German sociologist, reported enthusiastically about the youthful energy he found in the United States, which, however, he saw as gradually succumbing to the stifling tendencies of European bureaucratization. Theodor W. Adorno, the critical theorist and refugee from Nazi Germany, observed with a sense of despair the workings of the American ‘culture industry’ which he equated to the totalitarian experience of Europe, only to switch to a much more favorable picture upon his return to Germany. Europe and the US are conventionally assumed to share the same trajectory and develop according to some common pattern of ‘occidental rationalism', with the observed differences resulting from mere lags and relative advances on one side or the other. In this insightful book, Offe questions the relevance of this paradigm to transatlantic relations today.

A Sleeping Tiger

A Sleeping Tiger is a rare book-length treatment of urbanization among Dayaks and also offers a fresh perspective on ethnicity, class, and the context in which they function to the benefit of some and the great detriment of others.

A Sleeping Tiger

A Sleeping Tiger is a rare book-length treatment of urbanization among Dayaks and also offers a fresh perspective on ethnicity, class, and the context in which they function to the benefit of some and the great detriment of others. Although readers may never have heard of Dayaks (the indigenous, largely non-Muslim peoples of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo), they have surely witnessed the impact of ethnicity and class on the world today. Dayaks have hardly been spared this impact. Formerly forest dwellers in the main, Dayaks have been migrating en masse into Sarawak's towns and cities, but despite their better efforts to succeed in the urban environment, they feel demeaned and disadvantaged relative to the other ethnic groups of Malaysia. Book jacket.

The Disuniting of America Reflections on a Multicultural Society Revised and Enlarged Edition

... but also a reflection of who they are, what they can do, and equally important what they can become. ... at the emergence of a there s-always-a-black-man-at-the-bottom-of-it-doing- the-real-work approach to American history.

The Disuniting of America  Reflections on a Multicultural Society  Revised and Enlarged Edition

The New York Times bestseller that reminded us what it means to be an American is more timely than ever in this updated and enlarged edition, including "Schlesinger's Syllabus," an annotated reading list of core books on the American experience. The classic image of the American nation — a melting pot in which differences of race, wealth, religion, and nationality are submerged in democracy — is being replaced by an orthodoxy that celebrates difference and abandons assimilation. While this upsurge in ethnic awareness has had many healthy consequences in a nation shamed by a history of prejudice, the cult of ethnicity, if pressed too far, threatens to fragment American society to a dangerous degree. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner in history and adviser to the Kennedy and other administrations, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is uniquely positioned to wave the caution flag in the race to a politics of identity. Using a broader canvas in this updated and expanded edition, he examines the international dimension and the lessons of one polyglot country after another tearing itself apart or on the brink of doing so: among them the former Yugoslavia, Nigeria, even Canada. Closer to home, he finds troubling new evidence that multiculturalism gone awry here in the United States threatens to do the same. "One of the most devastating and articulate attacks on multiculturalism yet to appear."—Wall Street Journal "A brilliant book . . . we owe Arthur Schlesinger a great debt of gratitude."—C. Vann Woodward, New Republic

The Disuniting of America

Examines the growing cult of ethnicity in the United States and discusses how it undermines a common American identity and results in ethnic and racial animosity

The Disuniting of America

Examines the growing cult of ethnicity in the United States and discusses how it undermines a common American identity and results in ethnic and racial animosity

Reflecting on the 1960s at 50

A Concise Account of How the 1960s Changed America, for Better and for Worse Alexander Riley. and the election in November to the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. So much has already been said about the '60s that anyone approaching the ...

Reflecting on the 1960s at 50

Reflecting on the 1960s at 50: A Concise Account of How the 1960s Changed America, for Better and for Worse is a punchy, conversational look at some of the most interesting pieces of cultural and social conflict from the ‘60s, reflected through the lens of our own vantage point today. This approachable, informative volume uses transcripts of public interviews to provide the viewpoints of half a dozen nationally known scholars with long records of writing in scholarly and popular realms. They represent a range of disciplinary and political perspectives from the humanities to the social sciences and from the progressive left to the conservative right. These scholars offer their thoughts on: the place of youth in American society that emerged from the ‘60s the lingering contributions the counterculture made to American institutions and social life the legacy in contemporary America of the struggles over racial disparities in the ‘60s the ways in which the revolution of sexual mores and relations of that decade have affected marriage and family today the war in Vietnam and its effects on contemporary views of America’s military power and responsibility in the world the evolution of American state power and administration that was energized by Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. This book will be of interest to students of American history and the history and politics of the 1960s as well as sociologists. It searches for meaning in a period that made major contributions to the shape of America as a country.

Through a Glass Darkly

These thirteen original essays are provocative explorations in the construction and representation of self in America's colonial and early republican eras.

Through a Glass Darkly

These thirteen original essays are provocative explorations in the construction and representation of self in America's colonial and early republican eras. Highlighting the increasing importance of interdisciplinary research for the field of early America

The Oprah Winfrey Show Reflections on an American Legacy

Presents a retrospective that spans the twenty-five years that "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was on the air, with behind-the-scenes photographs and essays by celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Roberts, and Maya Angelou.

The Oprah Winfrey Show  Reflections on an American Legacy

Presents a retrospective that spans the twenty-five years that "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was on the air, with behind-the-scenes photographs and essays by celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Roberts, and Maya Angelou.

Reflecting on Service Learning in Higher Education

... non-American wrote 1 1 comparative paper Interviewed youth on voting 1 1 N=36, one student did additional hours in two different jobs categories. their individual papers, teacher candidates reflected on each of the suggested guiding ...

Reflecting on Service Learning in Higher Education

Reflecting on Service-Learning in Higher Education: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives examines forms of pedagogy such as service-learning, experiential learning, and problem-based learning in order to determine how students make connections between and among abstract academic concepts and real-life issues. This edited collection is divided into three sections—“Reflecting on Community Partnerships,” “Reflecting on Classroom Practice,” and “Reflecting on Diversity”—so as to represent interdisciplinary subjects, diverse student populations, and differing instructional perspectives about service-learning in higher education. Contributors provide service-learning programs and plans that can be replicated or adapted at other institutions of higher education. This book is recommended for scholars and practitioners of education.

What They Saw in America

12 In writing about what they saw in America, all four visitors themselves offered comparative analyses. That is, in reflecting on America, they used the social and political realities of their home countries as points of comparative ...

What They Saw in America

Grounded in the stories of their actual visits, What They Saw in America takes the reader through the journeys of four distinguished, yet very different foreign visitors - Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G. K. Chesterton and Sayyid Qutb - who traveled to the United States between 1830 and 1950. The comparative insights of these important outside observers (from both European and Middle Eastern countries) encourage sober reflection on a number of features of American culture that have persisted over time - individualism and conformism, the unique relationship between religion and capitalism, indifference toward nature, voluntarism, attitudes toward race, and imperialistic tendencies. Listening to these travelers' views, both the ambivalent and even the more unequivocal, can help Americans better understand themselves, more fully empathize with the values of other cultures, and more deeply comprehend how the United States is perceived from the outside.

Reflection on America s Great Loop A Baby Boomer Couple S Year Long Boating Odyssey

Reflection on America s Great Loop welcomes and encourages not only fellow boaters, but also armchair adventurers, and dreamers of all ages to join them aboard as they share a lighthearted, real-life account of their travels on the ...

Reflection on America s Great Loop  A Baby Boomer Couple S Year Long Boating Odyssey

Adventure is not just for the young! Though I own a boat! was the opening phrase to their courtship and eventual married life, little did Baby Boomer couple, George and Pat Hospodar, know then that those words would lead to their making a year-long journey of a lifetime aboard their boat, Reflection, almost forty years later. Reflection on America s Great Loop welcomes and encourages not only fellow boaters, but also armchair adventurers, and dreamers of all ages to join them aboard as they share a lighthearted, real-life account of their travels on the circumnavigation of the waterways of the eastern United States and Canada. In addition, for those who may consider making this journey themselves, the authors offer insights and tips on: * Routes * Anchorages * Navigation * Locking * Marinas * Free dockage * Low bridges * Fuel stops * Restaurants * Shopping * Points of interest and local history * Border crossings in Canada and the United States * Local marine weather websites and phone numbers. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

GPS for America

Thefact that Freud has analyzed the frictions ofsocietyin terms ofthe individual's instinctual freedom isveryuseful even to analyzethe discontentin American civilization since theindividual's right is the driving factor in reflecting on ...

GPS for America

"The American Union is imperfect. But it is certainly motioning towards a more perfect union." It is this foundational thesis in the fulfillment of the American vision that this book focuses on. By affording an integrated and holistic approach, the book shows that the American dynamics is transformational living phenomenon framed on four major paradigms: that America is a land of freedom; that America is a land of opportunity; that America is impregnated with inertia within it that propels it to "repair its faults"; and that the nation has been moving to a higher ground in its motion with a concerted effort of its people as one (E pluribus Unum) to build a more perfect Union. A pragmatic but positive outlook on the American reality in the bountiful land by a first generation immigrant from Gojjam, Ethiopia, the author tries to help the reader develop a generic framework in understanding the evolving American reality since the founders took the bold step in 1776 to write an audacious proposal that "all men are created equal," endowed by the creator with "inalienable rights." The analysis in the book begins by framing the constitutional bases of the nation as a four dimensional compass. Using what he terms as the American GPS, he leads the reader to have a snapshot on the structure of American government, citizenship, church and state, legal, economic, political and foreign policy issues to show that in fact what is manifesting in the American socio-political topology is not a random act but an in-built, systemic transfiguration in creating the opportunity for all children of Adam to realize their God given inalienable rights, being Geezans (freely roaming citizens of the universe) in fulfilling the vision of the nation. After reading this book, the reader will never waste time in random thoughts about the American ever unfolding reality. By all accounts America is an emergent and noble idea whose better days are yet to come. That is the projection whose totality can be meaningfully captured through a living compass: The American GPS!