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Now a new debate has picked up around the list in the social media. Our Allies are sharing tips for books that should be included in the list via our Twitter account. The list is also awakening justified criticism: it is very white and male, and barely incorporates any works after the post modern turn including works by indigenous anthropologists, inter-sectionalism and feminist critiques. How could that happen, at Allegra, with our determined criticism both of the ethnocentrism of our field as well as its male dominance?! It is evident that with this list we are onto a much broader debate of the state of our discipline, of the kind of works — authored by whom — that we consider relevant. This is a debate that we simply must continue!
Maybe newer culturally relevant examples could replace the older examples when the authors update the textbook. Overall, this is a very strong text and I can see using it in my courses for many years.
Clarity rating: 5 I found Perspectives to be a very clear and approachable text. The language style use by the authors is appropriate to students at an undergraduate level. I also think that the additional interactive content, links to maps, videos etc.
Consistency rating: 5 I found the each chapter to be quite consistent. Even though a different individual authors each chapter, the language style and approach to the material are very similar to each other. It reads like a text that has a single author, but benefits from the perspectives and knowledge of several different academics', each who have relevant experience in the topic they author.
Also, the consistency in the layout and organization makes this a very accessible text to read and navigate. Modularity rating: 5 I found the modularity of the text to be quite good.
This site allowed me to access and download each chapter individually. This creates a lot of flexibility in which chapters can be assigned to students.
Moreover it increases the usefulness of the text for me because it can easily be incorporated into course management systems like Canvas or others which is a great feature for anyone who teaches online. I LOVE this aspect. As for the chapters, each is well divided into readable sections of content via headings. As a text, I believe that Perspectives is flexible enough to allow instructors to tailor the book to their courses and content.
The first thing I noticed is that the chapter content is similar to o other cultural anthropology textbooks I have used and is organized in a similar fashion.
Each chapter starts with a set of learning objectives followed by clear subject headings throughout the text making the material very easy to follow. Like most texts, the important terms for each topic are bolded and defined throughout the chapter.
Finally the chapters wrap up with an overall conclusion, discussion and chapter glossary of all of the important terms from the chapter. Mimicking the traditional structure of a book chapter makes the transition to reading this in an online format much easier. As I have stated the content is similar to that of most introductory cultural anthropology books.
As such it allows for a lot of flexibility in coverage of topics.
This would increase the flexibility of use for this textbook and again, is great for the modularity aspect of this text. It strikes me that we could develop a giant visual for possible relationships within a culture using Flash?
An open forum on the site could allow members of that group or anthropologists could add stories, or links to other resources that might explain more.
Celia says: Wow, that got really long. My apologies, guys! Amy Todd says: July 12, at am Celia, interesting we are co-students together!
I imagine there are a lot of undercover faculty types in that class. Thanks for the Kinship resources.
Celia says: July 12, at pm Right now, Coursera is mostly about the prestige of lecturers at top universities offering some open content online, not about the quality of the learning experience. It may also be more suited to computer courses — I took a CS course from Stanford last fall, and it was great, with lots of practical exercises in programming throughout the lectures, regular weekly assignments, and immediate mechanical feedback on how your programming is going.
Something like sociology may need to be much more interactive in nature to really get the point across. IMO, the actual interaction possible on Coursera makes them one of the most promising attempt to date at getting open education out to the masses — even if old school, as you say. Perhaps this could draw on group coaching techniques, as part of our classes are often in challenging students to think and perceive in new ways about the existing social world.