Framed around the concept of culture, Nanda and Warms' brief book shows you how culture matters in driving and explaining human behavior, as well as the dynamic nature of culture that interrelates various cultural systems in adaptive (or maladaptive) ways. The text emphasizes why understanding culture is important for understanding what is going on in the world today, and how we can solve problems and effect positive change. The authors will draw you into the book's concepts via engaging ethnographic storytelling and a conversational writing style that connects you to the topics. You'll focus on contemporary issues, issues of globalization, issues of gender, and issues of equalities and inequalities topics that are important to both the study of anthropology and your understanding of the world around you.
Serena Nanda is professor emeritus of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Her most recent book is "The Gift of a Bride: A Tale of Anthropology, Matrimony and Murder",a novel set in an Indian immigrant community in New York City. Her other published works include CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 10th Edition; CULTURE COUNTS: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY; NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN: THE HIJRAS OF INDIA, winner of the 1990 Ruth Benedict Prize; AMERICAN CULTURA
Richard L. Warms is professor of anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos. His published works include CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 10th Edition; CULTURE COUNTS: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY: AN INTRODUCTORY HISTORY; and SACRED REALMS: ESSAYS IN RELIGION, BELIEF, AND SOCIETY. Warms also wrote journal articles on commerce, religion, and ethnic identity in West Africa; African exploration and romanticism; and African veterans of French colonial armed forces. His interests in anthropology were kindled by college courses and by his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, and most recently, Japan. Dr. Warms continues to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology every year, but also teaches classes in anthropological theory, the anthropology of religion, economic anthropology, and film at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
1. What is Anthropology and Why Should I Care? 2. Culture Counts. 3. Doing Cultural Anthropology. 4. Communication. 5. Making a Living. 6. Economics. 7. Marriage, Family, and Kinship. 8. Sex and Gender. 9. Political Organization. 10. Stratification: Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Caste. 11. Religion. 12. Power, Conquest, and a World System. 13. Globalization and Change. 14. Anthropology Makes a Difference. Glossary. References. Photo credits. Index.