Culture as Comfort (Pearson Custom, $23.77)
by Sarah Mahler is a unique learning
tool that is written broadly to appeal to a wide, cross-disciplinary audience.
It is not a typical textbook, nor is it a classic supplemental text. Instead,
it addresses a critical scholarly concept--culture--using the latest
multidisciplinary scholarship. It renders the information in nontechnical
language, adding in the author’s own insights and stories to make the
information enjoyable and easy for readers to comprehend and remember.
"Presents culture and identities as continual processes of doing, rather than as things people possess." This text encourages readers to understand how we learn culture so early in life that we come to view it as a possession more than as our groups particular ways of thinking and doing. We do the same for identities such as gender, race, nationality, and religion because these are also learned.