Culture Counts: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111301538
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/18/2011
  • Series: Cengage Advantage Books Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 150,433
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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 THE 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 NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN: THE HIJRAS OF INDIA, winner of the 1990 Ruth Benedict Prize; AMERICAN CULTURAL PLURALISM AND LAW; GENDER DIVERSITY: CROSS-CULTURAL VARIATIONS; and a New York City guidebook, NEW YORK MORE THAN EVER: 40 PERFECT DAYS IN AND AROUND THE CITY. She has always been captivated by the stories people tell and by the tapestry of human diversity. Anthropology was the perfect way for her to immerse herself in these passions, and through teaching, to spread the word about the importance of understanding both human differences and human similarities.

Richard L. Warms is professor of anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos. His published works include ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY: AN INTRODUCTORY HISTORY and SACRED REALMS: ESSAYS IN RELIGION, BELIEF, AND SOCIETY, as well as journal articles on commerce, religion, and ethnic identity in West Africa; African exploration and romanticism; and African veterans of French colonial armed forces. Warms's 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 Asia. He 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 both the undergraduate and graduate level. His current projects include an encyclopedia of theory in social and cultural anthropology and a book about the development of anthropology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students and faculty are invited to contact him with their comments, suggestions, and questions at r.warms@txstate.edu.

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Table of Contents

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.

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