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Abrams, Ira R.

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Patterns of subsistence : food foragers and pastoralists ( visu )
16 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
Examination of various subsistence patterns. Selected roles among the!Kung, the Mbuti and the Nuer of Africa, the Netsilik Eskimos, and the Baseri of Iran are used to illustrate patterns and relationships
Language and communication ( visu )
13 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 90 libraries worldwide
Examines the relationship between language and culture. Topics include: language structure and acquisition, non-verbal communication, social/historical factors in dialect development (Black English); role in cultural renaissance (Kwakiutl Indians), as a shaper of worldview (Hopi Indians), and reflector of socio-economic conditions (Nuer people of Sudan)
The Three Worlds of Bali ( visu )
2 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in Balinese and Undetermined and held by 90 libraries worldwide
On the Indonesian island of Bali, the arts permeate almost every aspect of daily life. Gamelan music, wayang (shadow puppet) theater, dance, and elaborately constructed offerings of foods and flowers all represent attempts to please the gods and placate demons. In Balinese cosmology, demons are thought to dwell in the watery underworld, gods in the upper world, and human beings in the middle realm between the two. Much of human effort is directed toward maintaining the proper balance between these worlds, and between the forces of growth and decay. The pinnacle of such efforts is the ritual Eka Dasa Rudra, held once every hundred years. The entire population of the island is mobilized for this event, preparing offerings and streaming from thousands of village temples in processions to the sea. Eleven demons, of which Rudra is the most powerful, must be transformed into beneficient spirits. No one who participated in the ritual filmed in 1979 had ever witnessed its performance, which last occurred a century ago, and so the ritual was based on writings in ancient lontar-palm manuscripts. There is also a political dimention to Eka Dasa Rudra. In 1963, upon the urging of then President Sukarno, Balinese priests prepared to hold the ritual before the calendrically proper year. Preparations were met with the first eruption in recorded history of Bali's great volcano, Gunung Agung. This terrible disaster was seen as a confirmation of the godsU and demons' powers and the necessity of honoring the traditional calendar. In the spring of 1979, when Eka Dasa Rudra was finally held, President Suharto arrived, but not by his helicopter, which, it was feared, might have impeded the demons' descent
The Three worlds of Bali ( visu )
6 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Anthropologist Steve Lansing guides the viewer on an exploration of the Indonesian island of Bali, which is coming to terms with the technological West. The Balinese make artistic offerings of music, dance, poetry, and even food in order to maintain the delicate balance between the world they live in, the world of the gods, and the world of the demons. The Balinese have retained what was important to them, which is a blend of animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism into a single continuous tradition
Sex and marriage ( visu )
9 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
This program examines marriage and sex customs in different societies around the world
Faces of culture ( visu )
12 editions published between 1983 and 1996 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Provides an introduction to cultural anthropology. The nature, origins, and diversity of cultures are discussed. The relationships between religion, personality, art, language and culture are explored. Methods of grouping within culture, common forms of political organization, economic and social stratification, and subsistence patterns are other aspects discussed
Kinship and descent ( visu )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Defines kindred and looks at its role in hunting-gathering cultures
The nature of anthropology ( visu )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Examining anthropology's holistic approach and scientific methods, this video explores the goals of anthropology -- to learn about the similarity and diversity of cultures. It differentiates between biological and cultural anthropology and distinguishes among the subfields of archaeology, ethnology, and linguistics. Profiles the research of Margaret Mead and Franz Boas
The Nature of culture ( visu )
14 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Shows how culture provides the blueprint of ideas, customs and patterns of living together for society, and examines how technology is putting pressure on society to adapt and change. Features the Boran people of Kenya
Faces of culture. The nature of culture ( visu )
30 editions published between 1983 and 1995 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
A new version of part 11 from 26 part telecourse in cultural anthropology. Defines the role of the family, and shows how marriage and the family interact in different ways in different cultures, and how the family structure adapts to new conditions and changes. Examines the nuclear and extended family and arranged marriages
Economic anthropology by Insight Media (Firm)( visu )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Examines both western and non-western economic practices and points out the importance of understanding the total integration between economic practices and the values and practices of the larger culture. Various cultural systems for the distribution of limited goods and services are examined, from equal distribution of goods among the!Kung to the balanced reciprocity among the Yanomama and the Trobriand Islanders; from barter among the Mendi to the market place in Afghanistan
Kinship and descent ( visu )
7 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Examines inheritance and subsistance patterns, children's names, married names, and important family names in business and government as cultural examples of kinship and descent in the United States; contrasted with matrilineal descent patterns among the Trobriand Islanders, and economic and religious elements in the Mendi clans
New Orleans black Indians : a case study in the arts ( visu )
7 editions published between 1983 and 1995 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Explores the blend of American Indians and blacks which comprise the Black Indian tribes of New Orleans as they carry out a century old tradition of participation in the pre-Lenten Mardi Gras revelry
Political organization ( visu )
9 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
This program provides an introduction to methods of grouping within cultures and profiles the four most common forms of political organizations: bands, tribes, chiefdoms and states
Psychological anthropology ( visu )
7 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
Focuses on enculturation, the process by which culture is passed from one generation to the next. Cross-cultural examples of child-rearing, socialization, mental illness and healing are also discussed
The Yucatec Maya : a case study in marriage and family ( visu )
9 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Raymond Colli, a middle-aged Mayan of the Yucatan region of Mexico, and his extended family are the subjects of this case study. The interdependence and cyclical nature of living, working and learning in a "slash and burn" horticultural environment are examined
The Aymara : a case study in social stratification ( visu )
9 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
The economic and social stratification of heterogeneous Northern Bolivia is the subject. Particular attention is given to the relationships between the Spanish-speaking Mestizos and the subordinate Aymara Indians
How cultures are studied ( visu )
9 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
The nature and difficulties encountered in anthropological field work are explored. Napolean Chagnon is both writer and guide to his 1970's field work among the Yanomamo Indians of Venezuela illustrating his understanding of cultural relativism and his employment of participant observation
The Highland Maya : a case study in economic anthropology ( visu )
7 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Exploes the complex interweaving of economics and religion known as the "cargo" system, which is found among the Highland Maya of Mexico and Guatemala
Culture change ( visu )
5 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Cultures are always changing. Sometimes the change is slow and peaceful, other times it is rapid and violent. Change can be stimulated from within a culture such as an invention or an idea, or it may result from the introduction of an object or idea from outside the culture. Shows examples of change in various cultures
 
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