Anthropologists travel back in time and across the globe to understand human culture-but, 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 phenomena-from heroin addiction and Big Business's 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.