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The first mainstream book to truly integrate coverage of race, class, gender, ethnicity and age in cultural anthropology! Emphasizing social inequality, this book explains how inequalities affect economy, kinship, politics, religion and language while still covering the core concepts of cultural anthropology. Miller's innovative approach combines a solid materialist foundation with attention to interpretive approaches and findings. For anyone with an interest in cultural anthropology.
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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: 9780205488087
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Series: MyAnthroLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.79 (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


1. Anthropology and the Study of Culture.
The Fields of General Anthropology.
Cultural Anthropology's Distinctive Features.
The Concept of Culture.
Multiple Cultural Worlds.
Anthropology: A Dynamic Discipline For a Changing World.

2. Methods in Cultural Anthropology.
The History of Fieldwork in Cultural Anthropology.
Beginning The Fieldwork Process.
Working in the Field.
Fieldwork Techniques.
Recording Culture.
Data Analysis.
Ethics and Responsibility in Cultural Anthropology.
Danger in the Field.
New Directions: Toward Participatory Fieldwork.


3. Economies and Their Modes of Production.
Cultural Anthropology and Economic Systems.
Industrial and Post-Industrial Economies.

4. Consumption and Exchange.
Culture and Consumption.
Consumption Inequalities.
Consumption Microcultures.
Culture and Household Budgeting.
Forbidden Consumption: Food Taboos.
Culture and Exchange.
Theories of Exchange.
Changing Patterns of Consumption and Exchange.

5. Birth and Death.
Culture and Reproduction.
Sexual Intercourse and Fertility.
Culture and Death.

6. Personality and Human Development.
Culture and Personality.
Personality Information During Infancy.
Socialization During Childhood.
Adolescence and Identity.
How DoesPersonality Change in Adulthood?

7. Illness and Healing.
Nature, Culture, and the Distribution of Illness.
The Ideationist Approach.
Critical Medical Anthropology.
Clinical Medical Anthropology.
Globalization and Change.


8. Kinship Dynamics.
The Study of Kinship.

9. Domestic Groups.
The Household: Variations on a Theme.
Households as Economic Units.
Households as Social Units: Intrahousehold Dynamics.
Household Transformations.
Social Change and Household Life.

10. Social Groups and Social Stratification.
Social Groups.
Social Stratification.
Civil Society: Between Groups and Government.

11. Politics and Leadership.
Politics and Culture.
Political Organization and Leadership.
Change in Political Systems.

12. Social Order and Social Conflict.
Culture, Order, and Conflict.
Systems of Social Control.
Social Conflict and Violence.
Maintaining World Order.


13. Communication.
Introducing Linguistic Anthropology.
Human Verbal Language.
Language, Thought, and Society.
Human Paralanguage.
Mass Media.
Language and Social Change.

14. Religion.
What is Religion?
Varieties of Religious Beliefs.
Beliefs in Action: Ritual Practices.
Religious Specialists.
World Religions.
African Religions.
Directions of Change.

15. Expressive Culture.
Art and Culture.
Play, Leisure, and Culture.
Change in Expressive Culture.


16. Development Anthropology.
Anthropology and the Study of Change.
Approaches to Development.
Issues and Development.

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