Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global System

Cultural Anthropology: Tribes, States, and the Global System

by John H. Bodley

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This introductory text introduces basic concepts in cultural anthropology by comparing cultures of increasing scale and focusing on specific universal issues throughout human history. Cultural materials are presented in integrated ethnographic case studies organized by cultural and geographic areas to show how ideological, social organization, and material features fit together in specific sociocultural systems. John H. Bodley explicitly seeks a balance between ecological-materialist and cultural-ideological explanations of sociocultural systems, while stressing the importance of individual power-seeking and human agency. Part One examines domestic-scale, autonomous tribal cultures. Part Two presents politically organized, class-based civilizations and ancient empires in the imperial world. Part Three surveys global, industrial, market-based civilizations in the contemporary commercial world. Cultural Anthropology uniquely challenges students to consider the big questions about the nature of cultural systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759118676
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 04/16/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 648
File size: 70 MB
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About the Author

John H. Bodley is Regents Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Tribal World: The World Before the State
Chapter 1. Culture: A Scale and Power Perspective
Chapter 2. Native Amazonians: Villagers of the Rain Forest
Chapter 3. Australian Aborigines: Mobile Foragers for 50,000 Years
Chapter 4. African Cattle Peoples: Tribal Pastoralists
Chapter 5. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Tribal World

Part II. The Imperial World: The End of Equality
Chapter 6. Pacific Islanders: From Leaders to Rulers
Chapter 7. Ancient Empires in Two Worlds: Mesopotamia and the Andes
Chapter 8. The Chinese Great Tradition
Chapter 9. Hinduism and Islam in South Asia

Part 12 Part III. The Commercial World: Global Capitalism
Chapter 10. The Capitalist World System
Chapter 11. The United States: An American Plutocracy
Chapter 12. An Unsustainable Global System

Part IV. Building a Sustainable World: Local to Global
Chapter 13. Tribes to Nations: Progress of the Victims
Chapter 15. Envisioning a Sustainable World

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