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Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

Series Editor: Richard Robbins

The Anthropology of Stuff is part of a new series dedicated to innovative, unconventional ways to connect undergraduate students and their lived concerns about our social world to the power of social science ideas and evidence. Our goal with the project is to help spark social science imaginations and in doing so, new avenues for meaningful thought and action. Each "Stuff" title is a short (100 page) "mini text" illuminating for students the network of people and activities that create their material world.

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  1. Reconsidering the Bicycle

    An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing

    By Luis A. Vivanco

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    In cities throughout the world, bicycles have gained a high profile in recent years, with politicians and activists promoting initiatives like bike lanes, bikeways, bike share programs, and other social programs to get more people on bicycles. Bicycles in the city are, some would say, the wave of...

    Published February 13th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Alcohol

    Social Drinking in Cultural Context

    By Janet Chrzan

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    Alcohol: Social Drinking in Cultural Context critically examines alcohol use across cultures and through time. This short text is a framework for students to self-consciously examine their beliefs about and use of alcohol, and a companion text for teaching the primary concepts of anthropology to...

    Published January 6th 2013 by Routledge

  3. The World of Wal-Mart

    Discounting the American Dream

    By Nick Copeland, Christine Labuski

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    This book demonstrates the usefulness of anthropological concepts by taking a critical look at Wal-Mart and the American Dream. Rather than singling Wal-Mart out for criticism, the authors treat it as a product of a socio-political order that it also helps to shape. The book attributes Wal-Mart’s...

    Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Fake Stuff

    China and the Rise of Counterfeit Goods

    By Yi-Chieh Jessica Lin

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    "The Anthropology of Stuff" is part of a new Series dedicated to innovative, unconventional ways to connect undergraduate students and their lived concerns about our social world to the power of social science ideas and evidence. Our goal with the project is to help spark social science...

    Published February 9th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Lycra

    How A Fiber Shaped America

    By Kaori O'Connor

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    "The Anthropology of Stuff" is part of a new Series dedicated to innovative, unconventional ways to connect undergraduate students and their lived concerns about our social world to the power of social science ideas and evidence. Our goal with the project is to help spark social science...

    Published February 1st 2011 by Routledge

  6. Coffee Culture

    Local Experiences, Global Connections

    By Catherine M. Tucker

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    "The Anthropology of Stuff" is part of a new Series dedicated to innovative, unconventional ways to connect undergraduate students and their lived concerns about our social world to the power of social science ideas and evidence. Our goal with the project is to help spark social science...

    Published December 12th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Re-imagining Milk

    Cultural and Biological Perspectives

    By Andrea Wiley

    Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

    Written explicitly for undergraduates, Re-imagining Milk demonstrates how a particular commodity can be used to illustrate ethnocentric beliefs about the universal goodness of milk; biological variation in human populations; political and economic processes that inform dietary policies, nutrition...

    Published November 7th 2010 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Branding Gandhi
    By Ritu Khanduri
    To Be Published June 30th 2015

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