Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives / Edition 2

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Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives is an accessible, ethnographically rich, cultural anthropology textbook which gives a coherent and refreshingly new vision of the discipline and its subject matter - human diversity. The fifteen chapters and three extended case studies present all of the necessary areas of cultural anthropology, organizing them in conceptually and thematically meaningful and original ways.

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"I am overall ecstatic about this book. It is thorough, historically situated and current, written in a pleasurable and approachable but also complex and intellectual manner, it covers a broad range of topics and examples without being overbloated, overwrought, and domineering (a problem with many standard textbooks). Dr Eller's voice is clear and carries through what is exciting and fascinating about anthropology while also critically rigorous and complex... In short, for me, this is the best textbook I have yet encountered...the 'standards' in the field are twice as expensive and half as good."- Faidra Papavasilliou, Georgia State University

"I must say that this is probably the best introductory textbook I have ever come across… It offers students the nuts and bolts of our discipline, while simultaneously offering topics of contemporary importance.’ – John T. Friedman, Roosevelt Academy, Utrecht University

"This is a resource I am excited to offer my students. Eller includes numerous personal experiences and each is presented in a way that anthropology majors and non-anthropology majors can understand. At the same time he challenges the reader to understand the complexities of other world views. This text will enhance the learning experience for students of diverse backgrounds." - Jason T. Younker, Rochester Institute for Technology

"Very accessible to students, and a very good textbook. There is a lot of attention to clarifying issues and concepts. The section ‘We all live anthropological lives’ is a unique and good addition." – Vance Geiger, University of Central Florida

A student writes: " I have enjoyed the accessibility and thorough exploration of the anthropological perspectives and concepts. It has given myself and many others a unique understanding of various cultures and societies, specifically revolving around the effects of colonialism. I believe the last chapters make it possible to understand society and culture in the past, the present, and how this will change in the future."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415508773
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/31/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 213,226
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack David Eller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Community College of Denver. He is the author of Introducing Anthropology of Religion (Routledge 2007). He is also the editor for the visual anthropology and ethnographic film section of the Anthropology Review Database.

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Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 Understanding Anthropology 1

Ch. 2 Understanding and Studying Culture 24

Ch. 3 The Origins of Cultural Anthropology 50

Ch. 4 Language and Social Relations 73

Ch. 5 Learning to be an Individual: Personality and Gender 98

Ch. 6 Individuals and Identities: Race and Ethnicity 121

Ch. 7 Economics: Humans, Nature, and Social Organization 150

Ch. 8 Kinship and Non-Kin Organization: Creating Social Groups 179

Ch. 9 Politics: Social Order and Social Control 207

Ch. 10 Religion: Interacting With the Non-Human World 236

Ch. 11 Cultural Dynamics: Continuity and Change 267

Ch. 12 Colonialism and the Origin of Globalization 290

Ch. 13 The Struggle for Political Identity: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Conflict 314

Ch. 14 The Struggle For Economic Independence: Development, Modernization, and Globalization 338

Ch. 15 The Struggle for Cultural Survival, Revival, and Revitalization 363

Seeing Culture as a Whole #3: Exile, Refuge, and Culture 389

Glossary 391

Bibliography 411

Index 423

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