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Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global System / Edition 5

Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global System / Edition 5

by John H. Bodley
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  • Overview

    Introduces basic concepts of cultural anthropology by comparing selected cultures of increasing scale — small-scale, autonomous tribal groups; large-scale, class-based civilizations & ancient empires; & global, industrial, & market-based civilizations — & focusing on universal issues about the human condition. Explores these issues from a comparative, anthropological perspective to determine how scale influences such basics as quality of life, domestic organization, intergroup relations, & relationship to the environment. Provides readers with a sound understanding of the worlds major cultural areas & dominant civilizations. Illustrated.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 2900759118668
    Publisher: AltaMira Press
    Publication date: 07/21/2011
    Edition description: 5th Edition
    Pages: 648
    Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.60(d)

    About the Author

    John H. Bodley is Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. He is author of several books, including Victims of Progress and Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, both now in sixth editions, as well as The Power of Scale and The Small Nation Solution.

    Table of Contents


    Part I. Introduction
    1. Adventures in the Field: Episode One
    2. Culture: A Scale & Power Perspective

    Part II. The Tribal World: Before the State
    3. Australian Aborigines: Mobile Foragers for 50,000 Years
    4. Native Amazonians: Villagers of the Rain Forest
    5. African Cattle Peoples: Tribal Pastoralists
    6. Tribal World Mind, Body, and Soul: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    Part III. The Imperial World: The End of Equality
    7. Pacific Islanders: From Leaders to Rulers
    8. Ancient Empires: Elite Power in Mesopotamia & the Andes
    9. Asian Great Traditions: Ideological Foundations
    10. Scale Limits: The Breakdown of States

    Part IV. The Commercial Global System
    11. Europe and the Commercial World
    12. American Plutocracy: Capitalism in the United States

    Part V. Conclusions
    13. An Unsustainable & Impoverished World
    14. Envisioning a Sustainable World

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