Our June Book of the Month is An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by C. Nadia Seremetakis.
“Culture is the subject matter of anthropology”, reads the first sentence of the book. Since the birth of the discipline in the second half of the nineteenth century anthropologists have strove to investigate the relationships between people, place, and culture across the world. However, the original mission of anthropology was interwoven with colonialism and its privileged, Eurocentric ways of looking at the ‘uncivilised’ parts of the globe, and it has since changed beyond recognition to the vibrant field it is today. Seremetakis’ book is a critical introduction to all of this and more, and is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand the state of cultural anthropology today.
This book engages young scholars, teachers and students in a critical dialogue with past and present directions in cultural-historical studies. More particularly, it prepares prospective anthropologists, as well as readers interested in human cultures for understanding basic theoretical and methodological ethnographic principles and pursuing further what has been known as cultural anthropological perspectives. The book discusses key, field-based studies in the discipline and places them in dialogue with related studies in social history, linguistics, philosophy, literature, and photography, among others.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this essential text in both its hardback and paperback versions, an offer which takes the paperback price to £18.80. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2018.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:
"This invaluable textbook introduces cultural anthropology while also setting this American approach within a global context where there are competing national traditions of anthropology. Still more importantly, American-trained, yet intimately familiar with Europe, professor and fieldworker Seremetakis is both an insider and an outsider to Cultural Anthropology proper, and this makes her presentation unusual and most insightful."
—Charles Stewart, Professor of Anthropology at University College London, UK
"This book is a stunningly original and important introduction to contemporary cultural anthropology. Written in clear and compelling prose, this work places anthropology squarely within its powerful historical context. Seremetakis demonstrates powerfully how prominent anthropologists from Franz Boas to Michael Taussig have variously told the tale of social and cultural differences that have made a difference in our comprehension of the human condition. In these troubled times, Seremetakis has produced a work that shows students how anthropologists produce works that mark a path toward a better life, a path toward wisdom."
—Paul Stoller, Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, USA, and the recipient of the 2013 Anders Retzius Gold Medal Laureate in Anthropology
"Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology would well serve as a basic text book for introductory courses in cultural anthropology and is to be considered as an essential, core addition to community, college, and university library Anthropology collections and supplemental studies reading lists."
—Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch Volume 12, Number 9 (September 2017)