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  • Gilliland, Mary
    For Marx, I like the 18th Brumeire. It is one of his last books (maybe the last)? It is actually a pretty good read, and gives a more tempered overview of his
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      For Marx, I like the 18th Brumeire. It is one of his last books (maybe the last)?

      It is actually a pretty good read, and gives a more tempered overview of his materialist approach.

      But if they aren't willing to go that far (and it is a bit to get thru), I would recommend using introductory sections from Marvin Harris' text in anthro - he takes a very Marxist approach, and I think has a nice tri-partite model of infrastructure, structure, superstructure, which can be applied to the topics we would cover in an introductory cultural class (but maybe you're still stuck with the history lesson there).

      The "must reads" overall could include so many things, but I would recommend including some non-fiction as well - I find that many people have not actually read things such as Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn (at least one is a must), or other really significant authors - a sampling of literature is a must, and very helpful for anthropology, or just life. I might go way back and include a sampling of either Aristotle or Plato (or both, but more likely Plato), Marcus Aurelius, maybe something like Machiavelli, a little of the Hobbes/Rousseau gang, then along with Marx, probably some Weber as well (more the idealist approach, sort of a nice contrast to materialism - likely the Protestant Ethic & Spirit of Capitalism). Prior to that I would probably have them read a little history of the Protestant Reformation (maybe a bit of Luther) because that is such an important period of time in shifting ideas about the relationship of the individual to society.

      For anthropology I would probably want them to read a little Benedict & Mead, because they are fun & easy, esp. something like Chrysanthemum & the Sword, probably some Evans-Pritchard or Radcliffe-Brown, because they are important, some Malinowski (actually a great pairing of articles from way back Amer Anthropologist I think which has Radcliffe-Brown & Malinowski side by side, presenting supposedly opposite views, but they don't really conflict all that much), and I love Annette Weiner after Malinowski because with her you get insights into Levi-Strauss, the beginnings of feminist anthropology and so much more.

      This is by no means a complete list - but a few suggestions for whatever they are worth.

      Mary Kay


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    • Gilliland, Mary
      Oh this is good - and much more accessible than starting a huge reading list! Probably ignore my posting just before this. Mary Kay [Non-text portions of this
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        Oh this is good - and much more accessible than starting a huge reading list! Probably ignore my posting just before this.

        Mary Kay


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      • dianne.chidester@gvltec.edu
        I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in anthropology. From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Deborah
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          I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in
          anthropology.



          From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
          Of Deborah Shepherd
          Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:02 PM
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          An interesting question. I am often irritated that students know
          virtually nothing of 20th century history, and (my pet peeve) they can't
          tell me a thing about Karl Marx--they draw a complete blank! I find that
          in order to discuss race in society or eugenics or what the textbooks
          mean when they talk about Marxist anthropology, I have to deliver a huge
          history lesson every time.

          There a so many books out there, however, that any number of them would
          do if they cover the topics, such as recent world history, but which
          ones are best for a beginning college student to read? That's difficult.
          Unfortunately, our faculty has dispersed already, or I would go bother
          one of our historians about it.

          Deborah

          >>> <dianne.chidester@... <mailto:dianne.chidester%40gvltec.edu>
          > 05/20/09 1:06 PM >>>
          I have a student who has asked the following:

          Could you please think of few "must read" books that I need to read to
          be better prepared when I start my classes at the university? Something
          that most teachers refer to or expect a student to know by default?

          Now part of what this shows is how unprepared I was when I decided to
          major in anthropology. I just signed up for whatever classes!

          This good make an interesting list!

          Cheers!

          Dianne

          Dianne Lynn Chidester

          Anthropology & Sociology

          Greenville Technical College

          508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

          Greenville, SC 29607

          864-250-8729

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        • Deborah Shepherd
          I don t think it really matters what the student plans to major in. Anthropologists need to know about 20th century history, too. High school teachers have
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            I don't think it really matters what the student plans to major in. Anthropologists need to know about 20th century history, too. High school teachers have been so sidetracked by "every child left behind" that even the basics have been neglected. But that's not the whole story. When I was in high school, history classes often failed to get to the end of the curriculum on time, so the last material was always missed! I figure it is my job to cover the stuff in the anthro text books, but if the students don't have the basic cultural references in place, they are missing much of the point. My students, at least, have that problem quite a lot.

            >>> <dianne.chidester@...> 05/20/09 3:38 PM >>>
            I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in
            anthropology.



            From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
            Of Deborah Shepherd
            Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:02 PM
            To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation








            An interesting question. I am often irritated that students know
            virtually nothing of 20th century history, and (my pet peeve) they can't
            tell me a thing about Karl Marx--they draw a complete blank! I find that
            in order to discuss race in society or eugenics or what the textbooks
            mean when they talk about Marxist anthropology, I have to deliver a huge
            history lesson every time.

            There a so many books out there, however, that any number of them would
            do if they cover the topics, such as recent world history, but which
            ones are best for a beginning college student to read? That's difficult.
            Unfortunately, our faculty has dispersed already, or I would go bother
            one of our historians about it.

            Deborah

            >>> <dianne.chidester@... <mailto:dianne.chidester%40gvltec.edu>
            > 05/20/09 1:06 PM >>>
            I have a student who has asked the following:

            Could you please think of few "must read" books that I need to read to
            be better prepared when I start my classes at the university? Something
            that most teachers refer to or expect a student to know by default?

            Now part of what this shows is how unprepared I was when I decided to
            major in anthropology. I just signed up for whatever classes!

            This good make an interesting list!

            Cheers!

            Dianne

            Dianne Lynn Chidester

            Anthropology & Sociology

            Greenville Technical College

            508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

            Greenville, SC 29607

            864-250-8729

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          • mep1mep
            I was just giving some advice to one of my favorite students who, also, felt a little short-shrifted in High School and I recommended those Oxford University
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              I was just giving some advice to one of my favorite students who, also, felt a little short-shrifted in High School and I recommended those Oxford University Press "Very Short Introductions".  I love them.  Most are very well done.  The Marx one is written by Peter Singer, the Social and Cultural Anthropology one is very well done, as is the Globalization one and the Post-Modernism (*gag*) one, I have the Evolution one on order for my next read.  They fit in your pocket and go anywhere, are written by great scholars, and well edited (which means readable).  Its a good start and students can go from there.

              Funny, I was thinking about blogging about them.  Does this mean we are all having the same problems, or what?  It is so hard to teach them Anthro with no frame of reference--no history, no evolution,  Nada.

              Pam

               



              ________________________________
              From: Deborah Shepherd <deborah.shepherd@...>
              To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:18:59 PM
              Subject: RE: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation





              I don't think it really matters what the student plans to major in. Anthropologists need to know about 20th century history, too. High school teachers have been so sidetracked by "every child left behind" that even the basics have been neglected. But that's not the whole story. When I was in high school, history classes often failed to get to the end of the curriculum on time, so the last material was always missed! I figure it is my job to cover the stuff in the anthro text books, but if the students don't have the basic cultural references in place, they are missing much of the point. My students, at least, have that problem quite a lot.

              >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu> 05/20/09 3:38 PM >>>
              I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in
              anthropology.

              From: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf
              Of Deborah Shepherd
              Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:02 PM
              To: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com
              Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

              An interesting question. I am often irritated that students know
              virtually nothing of 20th century history, and (my pet peeve) they can't
              tell me a thing about Karl Marx--they draw a complete blank! I find that
              in order to discuss race in society or eugenics or what the textbooks
              mean when they talk about Marxist anthropology, I have to deliver a huge
              history lesson every time.

              There a so many books out there, however, that any number of them would
              do if they cover the topics, such as recent world history, but which
              ones are best for a beginning college student to read? That's difficult.
              Unfortunately, our faculty has dispersed already, or I would go bother
              one of our historians about it.

              Deborah

              >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu <mailto:dianne. chidester% 40gvltec. edu>
              > 05/20/09 1:06 PM >>>
              I have a student who has asked the following:

              Could you please think of few "must read" books that I need to read to
              be better prepared when I start my classes at the university? Something
              that most teachers refer to or expect a student to know by default?

              Now part of what this shows is how unprepared I was when I decided to
              major in anthropology. I just signed up for whatever classes!

              This good make an interesting list!

              Cheers!

              Dianne

              Dianne Lynn Chidester

              Anthropology & Sociology

              Greenville Technical College

              508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

              Greenville, SC 29607

              864-250-8729

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            • Mark Lewine
              These Oxford U suggestions are fantastic and needed...I used the 60 s version, the Penguin classics, as i remember them, for Marxism, Classical Liberalism and
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                These Oxford U suggestions are fantastic and needed...I used the '60's version, the Penguin classics, as i remember them, for Marxism, Classical Liberalism and Conservatism...I agree about the Weber book about connecting Protestantism and the rise of Capitalism. I would like to add Blalock's book on social statistics since I have found the one most annoying lack of understanding that students fail to bring to any social science class is almost a total lack of knowledge of normal distribution, sampling, analytical statistical tools.
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                I was just giving some advice to one of my favorite students who, also, felt a little short-shrifted in High School and I recommended those Oxford University Press "Very Short Introductions". I love them. Most are very well done. The Marx one is written by Peter Singer, the Social and Cultural Anthropology one is very well done, as is the Globalization one and the Post-Modernism (*gag*) one, I have the Evolution one on order for my next read. They fit in your pocket and go anywhere, are written by great scholars, and well edited (which means readable). Its a good start and students can go from there.

                Funny, I was thinking about blogging about them. Does this mean we are all having the same problems, or what? It is so hard to teach them Anthro with no frame of reference--no history, no evolution, Nada.

                Pam



                ________________________________
                From: Deborah Shepherd <deborah.shepherd@...>
                To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:18:59 PM
                Subject: RE: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

                I don't think it really matters what the student plans to major in. Anthropologists need to know about 20th century history, too. High school teachers have been so sidetracked by "every child left behind" that even the basics have been neglected. But that's not the whole story. When I was in high school, history classes often failed to get to the end of the curriculum on time, so the last material was always missed! I figure it is my job to cover the stuff in the anthro text books, but if the students don't have the basic cultural references in place, they are missing much of the point. My students, at least, have that problem quite a lot.

                >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu> 05/20/09 3:38 PM >>>
                I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in
                anthropology.

                From: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf
                Of Deborah Shepherd
                Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:02 PM
                To: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com
                Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

                An interesting question. I am often irritated that students know
                virtually nothing of 20th century history, and (my pet peeve) they can't
                tell me a thing about Karl Marx--they draw a complete blank! I find that
                in order to discuss race in society or eugenics or what the textbooks
                mean when they talk about Marxist anthropology, I have to deliver a huge
                history lesson every time.

                There a so many books out there, however, that any number of them would
                do if they cover the topics, such as recent world history, but which
                ones are best for a beginning college student to read? That's difficult.
                Unfortunately, our faculty has dispersed already, or I would go bother
                one of our historians about it.

                Deborah

                >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu <mailto:dianne. chidester% 40gvltec. edu>
                > 05/20/09 1:06 PM >>>
                I have a student who has asked the following:

                Could you please think of few "must read" books that I need to read to
                be better prepared when I start my classes at the university? Something
                that most teachers refer to or expect a student to know by default?

                Now part of what this shows is how unprepared I was when I decided to
                major in anthropology. I just signed up for whatever classes!

                This good make an interesting list!

                Cheers!

                Dianne

                Dianne Lynn Chidester

                Anthropology & Sociology

                Greenville Technical College

                508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

                Greenville, SC 29607

                864-250-8729

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              • anthropmor@AOL.COM
                Yes- I have compalined more than once I shold be getting paid for teaching history, civics, etc. Mike Pavlik I was just giving some advice to one of my
                Message 7 of 13 , May 21, 2009
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                  Yes- I have compalined more than once I shold be getting paid for teaching history, civics, etc.
                  Mike Pavlik







                  I was just giving some advice to one of my favorite students who, also, felt a little short-shrifted in High School and I recommended those Oxford University Press "Very Short Introductions".? I love them.? Most are very well done.? The Marx one is written by Peter Singer, the Social and Cultural Anthropology one is very well done, as is the Globalization one and the Post-Modernism (*gag*) one, I have the Evolution one on order for my next read.? They fit in your pocket and go anywhere, are written by great scholars, and well edited (which means readable).? Its a good start and students can go from there.

                  Funny, I was thinking about blogging about them.? Does this mean we are all having the same problems, or what?? It is so hard to teach them Anthro with no frame of reference--no history, no evolution,? Nada







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                  I was just giving some advice to one of my favorite students who, also, felt a little short-shrifted in High School and I recommended those Oxford University Press "Very Short Introductions".? I love them.? Most are very well done.? The Marx one is written by Peter Singer, the Social and Cultural Anthropology one is very well done, as is the Globalization one and the Post-Modernism (*gag*) one, I have the Evolution one on order for my next read.? They fit in your pocket and go anywhere, are written by great scholars, and well edited (which means readable).? Its a good start and students can go from there.

                  Funny, I was thinking about blogging about them.? Does this mean we are all having the same problems, or what?? It is so hard to teach them Anthro with no frame of reference--no history, no evolution,? Nada.

                  Pam

                  ?

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                  From: Deborah Shepherd <deborah.shepherd@...>
                  To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:18:59 PM
                  Subject: RE: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

                  I don't think it really matters what the student plans to major in. Anthropologists need to know about 20th century history, too. High school teachers have been so sidetracked by "every child left behind" that even the basics have been neglected. But that's not the whole story. When I was in high school, history classes often failed to get to the end of the curriculum on time, so the last material was always missed! I figure it is my job to cover the stuff in the anthro text books, but if the students don't have the basic cultural references in place, they are missing much of the point. My students, at least, have that problem quite a lot.

                  >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu> 05/20/09 3:38 PM >>>
                  I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in
                  anthropology.

                  From: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf
                  Of Deborah Shepherd
                  Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:02 PM
                  To: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com
                  Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

                  An interesting question. I am often irritated that students know
                  virtually nothing of 20th century history, and (my pet peeve) they can't
                  tell me a thing about Karl Marx--they draw a complete blank! I find that
                  in order to discuss race in society or eugenics or what the textbooks
                  mean when they talk about Marxist anthropology, I have to deliver a huge
                  history lesson every time.

                  There a so many books out there, however, that any number of them would
                  do if they cover the topics, such as recent world history, but which
                  ones are best for a beginning college student to read? That's difficult.
                  Unfortunately, our faculty has dispersed already, or I would go bother
                  one of our historians about it.

                  Deborah

                  >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu <mailto:dianne. chidester% 40gvltec. edu>
                  > 05/20/09 1:06 PM >>>
                  I have a student who has asked the following:

                  Could you please think of few "must read" books that I need to read to
                  be better prepared when I start my classes at the university? Something
                  that most teachers refer to or expect a student to know by default?

                  Now part of what this shows is how unprepared I was when I decided to
                  major in anthropology. I just signed up for whatever classes!

                  This good make an interesting list!

                  Cheers!

                  Dianne

                  Dianne Lynn Chidester

                  Anthropology & Sociology

                  Greenville Technical College

                  508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

                  Greenville, SC 29607

                  864-250-8729

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                • broruprecht@yahoo.com
                  This is a universal problem. I found with the Spring semester class, Central Texas College, Gatesville (Prison) Campus, a wide disparity in the background
                  Message 8 of 13 , May 21, 2009
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                    This is a universal problem. I found with the Spring semester class, Central Texas College, "Gatesville (Prison) Campus," a wide disparity in the background department, yet all tried gamely to understand what we were supposedly discussing.
                    The fact that I was in effect prohibited from providing significant anthropological readings to accompany the text kind of played hob with things.  The movie next time..... "Visual Anthro" is another way to get at 'em....
                    One fellow in particular brought to class such a post-High-School expertise and rabid interest in Western philosophy that I ended up engaging in a one-on-one discussion with him re. Schopenhauer and possible theoretical ties to sociocultural change, in particular from the point of view of revitalization movements.  I was stunned by the new perspective, and attempted to address it in some understandable, "introductory-level" way in culture change lectures.  I also took the cue to recommend Harris's "RAT" (c. 1968) to him, and to mention this source, leaning at a decidedly Marxist angle, to the class, expecially while discussing the evolving nature of anthropological theory, Malinowski's "emic" vs. Harris' "etic" approaches, and the postmodern/feminist sidling back toward the "emic."
                    Deductive vs. inductive method also entered in.
                    Clearly we all notice modern students' general weaknesses in writing and history.  Clearly this phenomenon extends to the "general population" (excuse the confusing criminal justice terminology here) as well as to "hard-timer" prison inmates, each of which demonstrated the possession of at least half a brain.
                    So yes, Mary Kay's listing is inspiring, Harris' "RAT" would probably be a good tie-in AFTER students regained control of some basic background in "other things," and we're all wrast'lin' with ways to counter the "every child left behind" tendencies of modern schooling. About four exceptions to the rule in my class would probably have benefitted from the Harris tome.  Some basic background is necessary first.
                    Especially in a prison setting (and I do realize this is relatively rare), some of these well-meaning young "ignoramuses" require our encouragement and help in accessing such basic sources in preparation for our "introductory" classes.  And yes, I suppose I may have detractors at the Central Texas prison campus who believe I graded too leniently, but what the hey.....
                    Thanks for pointing out the existence of that Oxford series.  I'll try to re-locate that one.
                    G
                     
                    Re: Book Recommendation
                        Posted by: "Mark Lewine" mlewine@... krameniwel
                        Date: Wed May 20, 2009 7:48 pm ((PDT))

                    These Oxford U suggestions are fantastic and needed...I used the '60's version, the Penguin classics, as i remember them, for Marxism, Classical Liberalism and Conservatism...I agree about the Weber book about connecting Protestantism and the rise of Capitalism. I would like to add Blalock's book on social statistics since I have found the one most annoying lack of understanding that students fail to bring to any social science class is almost a total lack of knowledge of normal distribution, sampling, analytical statistical tools.
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                      I was just giving some advice to one of my favorite students who, also, felt a little short-shrifted in High School and I recommended those Oxford University Press "Very Short Introductions".  I love them.  Most are very well done.  The Marx one is written by Peter Singer, the Social and Cultural Anthropology one is very well done, as is the Globalization one and the Post-Modernism (*gag*) one, I have the Evolution one on order for my next read.  They fit in your pocket and go anywhere, are written by great scholars, and well edited (which means readable).  Its a good start and students can go from there.

                      Funny, I was thinking about blogging about them.  Does this mean we are all having the same problems, or what?  It is so hard to teach them Anthro with no frame of reference--no history, no evolution,  Nada.

                      Pam

                       

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                      From: Deborah Shepherd <deborah.shepherd@...>
                      To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:18:59 PM
                      Subject: RE: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

                      I don't think it really matters what the student plans to major in. Anthropologists need to know about 20th century history, too. High school teachers have been so sidetracked by "every child left behind" that even the basics have been neglected. But that's not the whole story. When I was in high school, history classes often failed to get to the end of the curriculum on time, so the last material was always missed! I figure it is my job to cover the stuff in the anthro text books, but if the students don't have the basic cultural references in place, they are missing much of the point. My students, at least, have that problem quite a lot.

                    Posted by: "Gilliland, Mary" mkgilliland@... sunny_hvar
                        Date: Wed May 20, 2009 1:34 pm ((PDT))

                    For Marx, I like the 18th Brumeire.  It is one of his last books (maybe the last)?

                    It is actually a pretty good read, and gives a more tempered overview of his materialist approach.

                    But if they aren't willing to go that far (and it is a bit to get thru), I would recommend using introductory sections from Marvin Harris' text in anthro - he takes a very Marxist approach, and I think has a nice tri-partite model of infrastructure, structure, superstructure, which can be applied to the topics we would cover in an introductory cultural class (but maybe you're still stuck with the history lesson there).

                    The "must reads" overall could include so many things, but I would recommend including some non-fiction as well - I find that many people have not actually read things such as Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn (at least one is a must), or other really significant authors - a sampling of literature is a must, and very helpful for anthropology, or just life.  I might go way back and include a sampling of either Aristotle or Plato (or both, but more likely Plato), Marcus Aurelius, maybe something like Machiavelli, a little of the Hobbes/Rousseau gang, then along with Marx, probably some Weber as well (more the idealist approach, sort of a nice contrast to materialism - likely the Protestant Ethic & Spirit of Capitalism).  Prior to that I would probably have them read a little history of the Protestant Reformation (maybe a bit of Luther) because that is such an important period of time in shifting ideas about the relationship of the individual to society.

                    For anthropology I would probably want them to read a little Benedict & Mead, because they are fun & easy, esp. something like Chrysanthemum & the Sword, probably some Evans-Pritchard or Radcliffe-Brown, because they are important, some Malinowski (actually a great pairing of articles from way back Amer Anthropologist I think which has Radcliffe-Brown & Malinowski side by side, presenting supposedly opposite views, but they don't really conflict all that much), and I love Annette Weiner after Malinowski because with her you get insights into Levi-Strauss, the beginnings of feminist anthropology and so much more.

                    This is by no means a complete list - but a few suggestions for whatever they are worth.

                    Mary Kay


                      >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu> 05/20/09 3:38 PM >>>
                      I should have made myself more clear. She is going to major in
                      anthropology.

                      From: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf
                      Of Deborah Shepherd
                      Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:02 PM
                      To: SACC-L@yahoogroups. com
                      Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Book Recommendation

                      An interesting question. I am often irritated that students know
                      virtually nothing of 20th century history, and (my pet peeve) they can't
                      tell me a thing about Karl Marx--they draw a complete blank! I find that
                      in order to discuss race in society or eugenics or what the textbooks
                      mean when they talk about Marxist anthropology, I have to deliver a huge
                      history lesson every time.

                      There a so many books out there, however, that any number of them would
                      do if they cover the topics, such as recent world history, but which
                      ones are best for a beginning college student to read? That's difficult.
                      Unfortunately, our faculty has dispersed already, or I would go bother
                      one of our historians about it.

                      Deborah

                      >>> <dianne.chidester@ gvltec.edu <mailto:dianne. chidester% 40gvltec. edu>
                      > 05/20/09 1:06 PM >>>
                      I have a student who has asked the following:

                      Could you please think of few "must read" books that I need to read to
                      be better prepared when I start my classes at the university? Something
                      that most teachers refer to or expect a student to know by default?

                      Now part of what this shows is how unprepared I was when I decided to
                      major in anthropology. I just signed up for whatever classes!

                      This good make an interesting list!

                      Cheers!

                      Dianne

                      Dianne Lynn Chidester

                      Anthropology & Sociology

                      Greenville Technical College

                      508 S. Pleasantburg Dr.

                      Greenville, SC 29607

                      864-250-8729






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                    I m also looking forward to the Oxford series & will track it down as soon as this semester is in & all grades are submitted! I hadn t heard of it. It sounds
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                      I'm also looking forward to the Oxford series & will track it down as soon as this semester is in & all grades are submitted! I hadn't heard of it. It sounds like it may very well serve our purposes at a CC level.

                      Mary Kay


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