High Heels and Bound Feet: And Other Essays on Everyday Anthropology by Roberta Edwards Lenkeit
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High Heels and Bound Feet
And Other Essays on Everyday Anthropology
Second Edition
The lucid essays in the original edition of High Heels and Bound Feet drove lively discussions and engagement with core anthropological concepts in traditional and online courses. Lenkeit showed how one’s daily life at work, at school, at home, and at play could be more engaging and provocative when viewed through anthropology’s multifaceted lens. The slightly expanded Second Edition is freshened by the addition of seven new essays. Each continues to illustrate myriad possible applications of concepts and methods from anthropology to everyday experiences.

While essays focus on cultural anthropology, the inclusion of topics on linguistics, biological anthropology, and archaeology brings attention to the holistic nature of the discipline. All essays conclude with material useful for assimilating content: Thinking It Through, Anthropological Terms, and Thinking Practically.

According to the author, education should color one’s life and broaden one’s perspective. High Heels and Bound Feet, 2/E will pique readers’ interest as they discover how anthropology informs, energizes, and infuses their lives every day.

Ranked #49 on BookAuthority’s “100 Best Anthropology Books of All Time”
“Lenkeit’s topics follow the major themes of my course and are presented in an engaging, personal style that draws in the students. I received unsolicited feedback from students praising the reading assignments as interesting and stimulating. In the discussions, I found they are not only learning important content from the essays but also are using the personal examples as a starting point for making it relevant to their own lives. I am incredibly pleased with the text.” — Kathaeryne Soluri, College of Marin

High Heels & Bound Feet, with accuracy, pairs anthropological concepts with accessible human behavior and thought. With confidence, my students will make meaningful connections with this text.” — Michelle Ross, University of South Carolina, Sumter

“The book has proven to be a great read for my introductory cultural anthropology classes.” — Janet Ockerman, Walla Walla University

“I have already assigned this for my courses. I like how the author brings the reality of cultural anthropology work to college students. It’s a good, easy-to-read book to accompany the course textbook. I love the applications the author describes. My students will get a better grasp of anthropological ways of thinking.” — Maria Jelaca-Tavakoli, Southwestern College
Table of Contents
1. Culture Is Us
2. The 13-letter Word
3. Does Anyone Here Speak English?
4. A Long and Boring Day
5. The Hospital as Foreign Culture
6. The Purple House
7. Grass and Class
8. High Heels and Bound Feet
9. White Teeth
10. Fireballs
11. Return of the Kitchen Elf
12. We Are the Eagles
13. "I Do!"
14. Zip Your Lip
15. Unforeseen Consequences
16. Dogs and Cats
17. Move!
18. Food for Thought
19. Who Has the Power?
20. Potlatch?
21. Human Variation
22. Yellow-Billed Magpie
23. Ape Bars—Not Monkey Bars
24. Sidewalk Fossils
25. Bricks