Cultural Anthropology / Edition 7

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Overview

Anthropology in today’s world.

Through clear writing, a balanced theoretical approach, and engaging examples, Cultural Anthropology stresses the importance of social inequality and human rights, the environment, culture change and applied aspects of anthropology. Rich examples of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and age thread through the topical coverage of economic systems, the life-cycle, health, kinship, social organization, politics, language, religion, and expressive culture. In addition, the last two chapters address how migration is changing world cultures and how the importance of local cultural values and needs are shaping international development policies and programs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is the best text since students read it and it is not seen as just another boring textbook but I feel it truly opens up their eyes to worlds both far away and those right under their noses." - Susan Meswick, Queens College

"I was generlly impressed by this integrated coverage throughout the text and appreciated it." - Liam Buckley, James Madison University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205260010
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/7/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 478,788
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Miller is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is Director of the Elliott School's Institute for Global and International Studies as well as Director of two of its affiliated research groups, the Culture in Global Affairs Program and the Global Gender Program. Before coming to GW in 1994, she taught at Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh. For over 30 years, Barbara’s research has focused on gender-based inequalities in India, especially the nutritional and medical neglect of daughters in northern regions of the country, and sex-selective abortion. She has also conducted research on culture and rural development in Bangladesh, on low-income household dynamics in Jamaica, and on Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh. Her current interests include continued research on gender inequalities in health in South Asia and the role of cultural anthropology in informing policy especially as related to women, children, and other disadvantaged groups. She teaches courses on introductory cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, development anthropology, culture and population, health and development in South Asia, migration and mental health, and global gender policy
Barbara has published many journal articles and book chapters and several books including The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India, Second Edition (Oxford University Press 1997), an edited volume, Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Cambridge University Press 1993), and a co-edited volume with Alf Hiltebeitel, Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures (SUNY Press 1998). In addition to Cultural Anthropology, sixth edition, she is the author of Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World, third edition (Pearson 2012) and the lead author of a four-field textbook entitled Anthropology, second edition (Pearson 2008).
She launched a blog in 2009 called anthropologyworks where she and other contributors present informed opinion pieces about important social issues, , a weekly feature covering anthropology in the mainstream media, and other features. Since its beginning, the blog has had 30,000 visits from people in over 150 countries. You can follow her, along with over 5000 other people worldwide, via Twitter @anthroworks and Facebook. In 2010, she launched a second blog called globalgendercurrent which highlights new research and debates about global women's issues as informed by grounded research and cutting-edge policy questions. She is also Tweeting and Facebooking about global gender issues.

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Table of Contents

In This section:

1. Breif table of contents

2. Full Table of Contents

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part 1: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Chapter 1: Anthropology and the Study of Culture

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Humanity and Culture

Chapter 3: Researching Culture

Part 2: CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS

Chapter 4: Making a Living

Chapter 5: Consumption and Exchange

Chapter 6: Reproduction and Human Development

Chapter 7: Disease, Illness, and Healing

Part 3: SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

Chapter 8: Kinship and Domestic Life

Chapter 9: Social Groups and Social Stratification

Chapter 10: Political and Legal Systems

Part 5: SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS

Chapter 11: Communication

Chapter 12: Religion

Chapter 13: Expressive Culture

Part 6: CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CHANGE

Chapter 14: People on the Move

Chapter 15: People Defining Development

2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part 1: INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Chapter 1: Anthropology and the Study of Culture

Introducing Anthropology’s Four Fields

Introducing Cultural Anthropology

Distinctive Features of Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Humanity and Culture

Nonhuman Primates and the Roots of Human Culture

Hominin Evolution to Modern Humans

The Neolithic Revolution and the Emergence of Cities and States

Chapter 3: Researching Culture

Changing Research Methods

Doing Fieldwork in Cultural Anthropology

Urgent Issues in Cultural Anthropology Research

Part 2: CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS

Chapter 4: Making a Living

Culture and Economic Systems

Making a Living: Five Modes of Livelihood

Changing Livelihoods

Chapter 5: Consumption and Exchange

Culture and Consumption

Culture and Exchange

Changing Patterns of Consumption and Exchange

Chapter 6: Reproduction and Human Development

Modes of Reproduction

Culture and Fertility

Personality and the Life Cycle

Chapter 7: Disease, Illness, and Healing

Ethnomedicine

Three Theoretical Approaches

Globalization and Change

Part 3: SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

Chapter 8: Kinship and Domestic Life

How Cultures Create Kinship

Households and Domestic Life

Changing Kinship and Household Dynamics

Chapter 9: Social Groups and Social Stratification

Social Groups

Social Stratification

Civil Society

Chapter 10: Political and Legal Systems

Public Power: Political Organization, and Leadership

Social Order and Social Conflict

Changing Public Power and Social Control

Part 5: SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS

Chapter 11: Communication

The Varieties of Human Communication

Language, Diversity, and Inequality

Language and Communication Change

Chapter 12: Religion

Religion in Comparative Perspective

World Religions and Local Variations

Directions of Religious Change

Chapter 13: Expressive Culture

Art and Culture

Play, Leisure, and Culture

Change in Expressive Culture

Part 6: CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CHANGE

Chapter 14: People on the Move

Categories of Migration

The New Immigrants to the United States and Canada

Migration Policies and Programs in a Globalizing World

Chapter 15: People Defining Development

Defining Development and Approaches to It

Development, Indigenous People, and Women

Urgent Issues in Development

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