Re: textbook info

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Wed, 14 Dec 1994 01:39:06 -0500

I rememer that in the late 80s, 20 years after the emergence of the
second women's movement, there was no mention of feminist anthropology in
most of the Intros to Anthro, and apparently the situation hasn't
changed. I also remember
Mary Beard's book on American history, in which she surveyed the
most-used history books and found six or so mentions of the first
movement's movement in the l9th century. This gigantic struggle, whnich
began with U.S. women fighting against slavery!. I don't believe these
omissions are accidental, and I look forward to male responses to your
posting. Ruby Rohrlich

On Tue, 13 Dec 1994, Barbara Tsatsoulis-Bonnekessen wrote:

> A question to all who teach Intro to Cultural A. or review
> textbooks for such a class:
> I just received the new (1995) edition of "Cultural Anthropology:
> An Applied Perspective" by Gary Ferraro, published by West
> Publishing Co.
> While is seems the ideal text in many aspects (especially to
> show students the immediate usefulness of anthrop. knowledge),
> I also found some errors in facts (a map shows Greece to be
> populated predominantly by Protestants - I wonder where all the
> Greek Orthodox went), as well as omissions in theory (e.g.,
> no word - no syllable! - about feminist anthropology).
> I have (and will again next semester) used Haviland, whose latest
> edition is much more useful than previous ones.
> I would appreciate anybody's opinion on the Ferraro book (pro and con),
> as well as how it appealed (or not) to students.
> Thanks in advance,
> Barbara Tsatsoulis-Bonnekessen
> Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
> Washburn University