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“Cultural anthropology is exciting because it CONNECTS with everything, from FOOD to ART. And it can help prevent or SOLVE
world problems related to social inequality and injustice.” - BARBARA D. MILLER
Barbara Miller is a Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Director of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) Research and Policy Program, at The George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Syracuse University in 1978. Before coming to GW in 1994, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Barbara’s research has focused mainly on gender-based inequalities in India, especially the nutritional and medical neglect of daughters in the northern part of the country. She has also conducted research on culture and rural development in Bangladesh, on low-income household dynamics in Jamaica, and on Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.
Her current interests include continued research on India along with attention to the role of cultural anthropology in informing policy issues, especially as related to women, children, and other disenfranchised people.
She teaches courses on introductory cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, development anthropology, culture and population, health and development in South Asia, migration and mental health, and culture and security.
In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, she has published several books: The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 1997), an edited volume, Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Cambridge University Press, 1993), and a co-edited volume with Alf Hiltebeitel, Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures (SUNY Press, 1998). She is the author of Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World (Pearson, 2008) and the lead author of Anthropology (Pearson, 2nd ed., 2008).
Table of Contents
Part I INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
1 ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF CULTURE
2 THE EVOLUTION OF HUMANITY AND CULTURE
3 RESEARCHING CULTURE
Part II CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS
4 MAKING A LIVING
5 CONSUMPTION AND EXCHANGE
6 REPRODUCTION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
7 DISEASE, ILLNESS, AND HEALING
Part III SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
8 KINSHIP AND DOMESTIC LIFE
9 SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
10 POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS
Part IV SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS
13 EXPRESSIVE CULTURE
Part V CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CHANGE
14 PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
15 PEOPLE DEFINING DEVELOPMENT