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Via 100 entries or "mini-chapters," 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of anthropology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume set provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but in a clear, accessible style, devoid of jargon, unnecessary detail or density.Key Features- Emphasizes key curricular topics, making it useful for students researching for term papers, preparing for GREs, or considering topics for a senior thesis, graduate degree, or career.- Comprehensive, providing full coverage of key subthemes and subfields within the discipline, such as applied anthropology, archaeology and paleontology, sociocultural anthropology, evolution, linguistics, physical and biological anthropology, primate studies, and more.- Offers uniform chapter structure so students can easily locate key information, within these sections: Introduction, Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, Bibliography & Suggestions for Further Reading, and Cross References.- Available in print or electronically at SAGE Reference Online, providing students with convenient, easy access to its contents.
Chapter 51: Culture and Personality
Culture and Personality
Perhaps, as George Stocking (1986) has contended, culture and personality was but a temporally delimited version of psychological anthropology, with psychological anthropology being the most “historied” of anthropological endeavors. If so, then the appropriate questions one might ask in the current era would concern the legacy of culture and personality or, perhaps less charitably, its relevance. But culture and personality is also perhaps, at least within the discipline, American anthropology's most mythologized undertaking. If this is so, then culture and personality is likely also central to more argument within American anthropology about anthropology-its purposes, failures, limits, internal subdisciplinary relations, and so forth-than other anthropological undertakings.
In part, such centrality arises out of the confusing breadth of culture and personality. The major ...