Who is instigating who?

"We went looking for the effects of cocaine," Hurt said. But after a time "we began to ask, ‘Was there something else going on?’ "

While the cocaine-exposed children and a group of nonexposed controls performed about the same on tests, both groups lagged on developmental and intellectual measures compared to the norm. Hurt and her team began to think the “something else” was poverty.

Scream, scream in your head little girl and lie with your lips, “I’m fine.”

Cry, cry, cry little girl as tears stream down your face yet no sound escapes your mouth.

Run, run, run away little girl but your body remains in place.

Hide, hide, hide away little girl in the darkness of the madness of your mind.

Die, die, die little girl. Your dreams never mattered anyway.

-Sometimes it becomes too much.. all that pain and misery held inside. Living with mental illnesses is hard. It wreaks havoc in your life. It steals pieces of your soul until you feel as if there is nothing left but burning despair and self loathing. There are days when I just don’t know if I will make it but I hang on. I’ve got so much to prove to myself…. one day. One day.

Oh how I wish I could go to see this exhibit.

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QuestionHi! After taking my first anthro class (I'm a junior in college), I decided to switch my major to anthropology. I'm particularly fascinated with cultural anthropology and I was wondering if you could recommend any texts that have to do with this branch of anthropology? I'm really excited about this major shift and I'd like to get as much reading done as possible over the summer to prepare me for it! Thanks so much. Answer


Congratulations, I hope you enjoy your shift into the wonderful realms of cultural anthropology. There are literally thousands of potential texts within this branch, however I shall list a few introductory ones which give a good overview into the subject as a whole and some of the key concepts/issues. 

Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction by John Monaghan and Peter Just. Number 15 in the ‘A Very Short Introduction’ series. Does what it says on the tin really. Very short, but good for getting your foot in the door. 

Cultural Anthropology: A Contemporary Perspective by Roger Keesing & Andrew Strathern. A textbook style book which hails itself as “a sophisticated synthesis of social and cultural anthropology”

An Introduction to Social Anthropology. Other People’s Worlds by Joy Hendry. This was one of the introductory texts at my university. 

Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology by Thomas Eriksen. I read this later on in my studies, but it is a very good collection of concepts explored in good detail. Perhaps a little denser than the Keesing or Hendry, but concerns more modern anthropological debates. 

A History of Anthropology by Thomas Eriksen and Finn Nielsen. This book concerns the development of anthropology as a discipline from its expression in ancient Greece, to its founding fathers, through functionalism, structuralism, marxism, modernism and on to globalism and the future of anthropology. 

Thats enough to be getting on with in the way of general introduction texts, however I wanted to include a few of the ‘classics’ in anthropology that most students in the subject have, or should have, or are required to read at some point or another. 

The Interpretation of Cultures by Clifford Geertz

Purity and Danger by Mary Douglas

The Gift by Marcel Mauss. (a key text in studies of reciprocity)

Argonauts of the Western Pacific by Bronisław Malinowski. 

Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande. by E. E. Evans-Pritchard. (also his work on the Nuer is very famous)

Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead.

Finally I would suggest checking with your college to see if they have a recommended or preliminary reading list specific to your course. Although all these were relevant during my undergraduate, anthropology is a HUGE and varied discipline, and your lecturers may have had some specific texts in mind when they developed your course.

I hope this has helped. These are texts that I know/own from my own experience as a student, however anthropology is always changing and developing so if any of my followers have some good texts they think should be on this list, feel free to message me or submit a post about them.

A to read list :)

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Paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès is reconstructing human evolution through her sculptures.

The sculptures above are in no particular order. 

You can view more pictures and get more information here

The true faces of our ancestors. We are their successors, and owe them all of our days. If you’re in the DC area, do your brain some service and visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s Hall of Human Origins. It’s immense, immersive, and quite a beautiful journey back through time.