Humanity: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology / Edition 4

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Working hand in hand with the Web site, this book's rich ethnographic examples, vivid photographs, and current research help you discover the many ways that cultural anthropologists study humankind. You'll see how cultural anthropology empowers us to solve problems facing the modern world, particularly those involving global problems such as hunger, ethnic conflicts, and the survival of indigenous cultures.
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Editorial Reviews

This textbook introduces the theories and methods of cultural anthropology, and surveys the attitudes of various cultures towards their natural environment, economic exchange, marriage, kinship, gender relations, politics, religion, and art. The sixth edition adds a chapter on cultural variations in childhood nurturing, social learning, and life stages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The authors have selected a good range of color photographs that complement the associated text. I enjoy them as ethnographic as well as aesthetic resources and I ask for student responses to images in the text and supplemental films. The images, whether alone or in association with others, provide the students with fodder for discussion and ethnological comparison. Importantly, the photos provide images of the range of cultural and physical expression found in the human species. This is a resource for students interested in learning about the world around them, especially when they have had limited experiences with cultural differences."

"The boxed feature called 'Other Voices' is, in my opinion, one of the outstanding features of the text.... This is one of those innovative features of 'Humanity' that separates it from other introductory texts."

"'A Closer Look' - This special feature uses an article from contemporary popular media, and I think that is a good way to highlight the applied perspectives of the discipline."

"I find the text to be well written, easy to understand, and a very informative introduction to the discipline. The authors use an effective range of ethnographic material to illustrate concepts and ideas presented throughout."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314200648
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 450

Meet the Author

James Peoples is professor of Sociology/Anthropology and Director of East Asian Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he has been teaching courses in anthropology since 1988. He has also taught in the anthropology departments of the University of California at Davis and the University of Tulsa. His geographic area of specialty is Micronesia, where he studied the impact of American subsidies on the island agricultural and cash economies. His first book, ISLAND IN TRUST (1985), summarized the results of this field research. Since becoming Director of East Asian Studies in 2004, Dr. Peoples has journeyed to Korea and Japan for seminars and workshops. He recently published a chapter, translated into Chinese, in a book used in cultural anthropology courses in the People's Republic of China. He has published most of the results of a comparative analysis of political evolution in Micronesia. Dr. Peoples also has co-authored ESSENTIALS OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY and INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY.

A well-known specialist in Native American cultures, Garrick Bailey has authored numerous scholarly works including A HISTORY OF THE NAVAJOS, with Roberta Bailey (1986), THE OSAGE AND THE INVISIBLE WORLD (1995) and ART OF THE OSAGE, with Daniel Swan (2004). He is currently editor of Volume 2, INDIANS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY, THE HANDBOOK OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS. Dr. Bailey received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He also is the co-author of ESSENTIALS OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY and INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. He teaches anthropology at the University of Tulsa.

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Table of Contents

1. The Study of Humanity. PART I: HUMANITY, CULTURE, AND LANGUAGE. 2. Culture. 3. Culture and Change. PART II: THEORIES AND METHODS OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 4. The Development of Anthropological Thought. 5. Methods of Investigation. PART III: DIVERSITY. 6. Adaptation: Foraging and Domestication. 7. Exchange in Economic Systems. 8. Domestic Life: Marriage, Family, and Residence. 9. Kinship: Forming Relationships and Groups. 10. Gender in Comparative Perspective. 11. The Organization of Political Life. 12. Social Inequality and Stratification. 13. Relations with the Supernatural. 14. Culture and Creative Expression. 15. Personality Formation and the Life Cycle. PART IV: ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE MODERN WORLD. 16. The Changing Human World. 17. Ethnicity in the Modern World. 18. Applied Anthropology and World Problems. 19. The Survival of Indigenous Peoples.
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