Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems / Edition 6

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Resource depletion, global warming, escalating energy costs, poverty, conflict. As human life becomes increasingly complicated, cultural anthropologist John H. Bodley presents a work that closes in on the social and environmental problems of our time and explores the deleterious global reaches of unsustainable growth in production and consumption. Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems addresses the contemporary reader interested in social science and history, environmental studies, globalization, and the political economy, revealing the development of humanity and our global prospectus for the future.

New to the fifth edition: A new contrast is drawn between the scale and power perspective and the view offered in Jared Diamond's popular books, Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse. An important new focus is offered on the causes of global warming from a culture scale and social power perspective, linking it to poverty and misdirected growth. New material has been added on environmental and resource consequences of China's and India's expanding economies. New material has been added on sustainable development, energy, oil depletion, food, and population, including helpful new concepts and methods such as the ecological footprint, and various development indices, including the UN's new Millennium Goals. Chapter 8 has been thoroughly revised to include a discussion of several new global futurist models developed for major corporations, government agencies, the UN, and NGOs. Updated facts and figures are included throughout.

About the Author:
John H. Bodley is a cultural anthropologist, Regents Professor at Washington State University

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Editorial Reviews

Deward Walker
This fifth edition of Bodley's book, Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, is a refreshing assessment of many of the contemporary problems that continue to challenge human beings in all sectors of the globe. It is a real tour-de-force and a major advancement over the earlier fourth edition. I'm particularly impressed by the manner in which Bodley places anthropology at the forefront in the search for solutions to the many problems facing humanity, including affluence and poverty, the environmental crisis, natural resource depletion versus sustainability, malnutrition, the evolution of food systems, problems of the factory food system, population problems, conflict, and the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759121584
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Edition description: 6th Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Bodley is a cultural anthropologist and Regents Professor at Washington State University and author of Victims of Progress and Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global System.

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Table of Contents

1 Anthropological Perspectives on Contemporary Human Problems 1
2 Adaptation, Culture Scale, and the Environmental Crisis 23
3 Natural Resources and the Culture of Consumption 65
4 Malnutrition and the Evolution of Food Systems 95
5 Commercial Factory Food Systems 131
6 The Population Problem 161
7 Poverty and Conflict 187
8 The Future 223
Bibliography 245
Index 269
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