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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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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780759118652
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Edition description: 5th Edition
Pages: 648
Product dimensions: 8.95(w) x 11.38(h) x 1.67(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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