What People are Saying…

Culture as Comfort is such a pleasure to read, so clear and enjoyable for the reader! Even though I have taught introductory classes for a decade, I still learned a lot from this book and found myself fascinated by many of its examples. A terrific addition to existing materials for courses at all levels. I highly recommend it.

--Eugenia Georges, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Rice University

The central thesis for this book---creating a paradigm shift for the concept of culture---is long overdue, important and critical for improving cross-cultural understanding. This book is not only timely and relevant but it accomplishes a rare feat--communicating up-to-date scholarship in a user-friendly way accessible to all readers.

--Gary Ferraro, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Culture comes alive, becomes your companion, your interlocutor...and whole new worlds of meaning envelop the familiar and what you did not know you knew. This is Sarah Mahler at her brilliant best --a daring, at times outrageous explorer of ourselves and the settings where we live our lives.

--Saskia Sassen, Columbia University professor and author of A Sociology of Globalization

When I think of the biggest issues in Miami, America and beyond, culture comes quickly to mind. Professor Sarah J. Mahler has written an eye-opening and brain-stimulating book that explains culture through a new, powerful perspective: how infants and young children learn "it." I learned a lot; so would anyone.

--David Lawrence, Jr. former publisher of the Miami Herald and Chair, The Children’s Movement of Florida

Sarah Mahler has produced the first textbook that presents a contemporary anthropological perspective on culture. She does a particularly good job of making culture relevant to the lived experience of American undergraduates.

--David F. Lancy, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Utah State University

I would advocate this text over any that I have reviewed or used. Why? It is important for students to understand how culture is developed and why it develops in a certain manner...I have no reservations---none!!

--Ronald Bolender, Professor of Organizational Leadership, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

I don’t really think there is a competing text! Certainly Culture as Comfort is far more comprehensive on the topic of enculturation than any anthropology textbook on the market.

--Jonathan Marion, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, California State University San Marcos

The time has come to bring social scientific understanding of culture into the 21st century, and Sarah Mahler’s book leads the way in its conceptualization of culture as embodied in the brain and recalled implicitly to shape everyday behavior. In an era when neuroscience and cognitive psychology are adding insights into our understanding of culture at a breathtaking pace, I’m glad that Sarah Mahler has answered the call to update our understanding of this critical concept.

--Douglas S. Massey, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

Through culture, we become specific people, living in specific times and places. Culture gets under our skin. It becomes comfortable - second nature to us. That specificity makes encounters with other cultures foreign and strange – they don’t eat like us or talk like us. But they too have culture. Culture as Comfort examines this human alchemy, how culture makes us who we are, and how we can harness these insights to become more comfortable not only in our own culture but across the many cultures we encounter in today’s globalized world.

--Daniel Lende, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida and co-author, The Encultured Brain

Mahler conveys culture and other concepts in a very accessible way that is both thought-provoking and even amusing in places. Students can definitely understand culture better by reading this book, more than in most introductory textbooks. Culture as Comfort is a very readable introduction into the concept of culture for any sociology, education, or anthropology student. It is also very relevant for anyone who is involved in cross-cultural sensitivity or cultural competency work.

--Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Deputy Director, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians in Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor, Delaware County Community College