Popular cultural anthropology

Judith Preissle (preissle@MOE.COE.UGA.EDU)
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 09:35:39 -0500

After class yesterday a student and I were musing about who may
have succeeded Margaret Mead as the best known cultural anthropologist in
the public's view. Does she have a successor? That led us to
identifying most popular anthropology books as more often physical
anthropology and archeaology than cultural in content. (As I'm entering
this message, I'm thinking of how popular Edward Hall's books
are--starting to answer my own questions.) What cultural anthropology
books do the public read? What ethnographies do they read? What are the
most popular ethnographic films in addition to "Nanook of the North"? I
am an educational anthropologist so my curiosity is not merely idle. Is
there any research on this? jude

Judith Preissle
University of Georgia