Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition / Edition 7

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Extensively revised in this sixth edition, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition explores the interplay of cultural creativity, human agency, and material constraint in the shaping of human cultural traditions. It looks at the tremendous variety of culturally constructed ways of life and focuses on how people as creative beings bring meaning to the world and transform it through practical action.
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"Cultural Anthropology avoids the dry and mundane writing style that characterizes some texts. I find the student-oriented pedagogy interactive and extremely effective. I appreciate the depth of discussion devoted to describing many of the concepts addressed-as well as the inclusion of anthropologists whose work is relevant to those concepts-and the rich and varied examples throughout the book."—Brenda Sendejo, Southwestern University

"The overall approach of this text is designed to foster inquisitive, critical thinking and to emphasize the relevance of cultural anthropology for contemporary, real-life issues. I found the student resources [on the website] extraordinarily interesting, useful, and relevant. They are stunningly good. For these reasons—as well as the affordable price—I would definitely adopt and recommend this book to my colleagues."—Harry Sanabria, University of Pittsburgh

"This text is comprehensive, and the authors reveal a good grasp of the issues. Their ability to capture and explore the latest research and current topics is particularly impressive, and one of the main reasons I adopted the book. The writing is excellent, clear, crisp, and very reader-friendly."—Meryl James-Sebro, Florida Gulf Coast University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195338508
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily A. Schultz is Professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University.

Robert H. Lavenda is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Anthropology Program at St. Cloud State University.

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Table of Contents

1 The anthropological perspective 1
Pt. I The tools of cultural anthropology 15
2 Culture and the human condition 16
3 Fieldwork 34
4 Anthropology in history and the explanation of cultural diversity 63
Pt. II The resources of culture 87
5 Language 88
6 Culture and individuals 111
7 Play, art, myth, and ritual 142
8 Worldview 171
Pt. III The organization of material life 199
9 Social organization and power 200
10 Making a living 227
Pt. IV Systems of relationships 251
11 Kinship and gender 252
12 Marriage and family 279
13 Beyond kinship 309
Pt. V From global to local 325
14 Dimensions of inequality int he contemporary world : class, caste, race, ethnicity, and nationalism 326
15 A global world 355
16 Anthropology in everyday life 389
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