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Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives is an accessible, ethnographically rich, cultural anthropology textbook which gives a coherent and refreshingly new vision of the discipline and its subject matter-human diversity. The fifteen chapters and three extended case studies present all of the necessary areas of cultural anthropology, organizing them in conceptually and thematically meaningful and original ways.
Jack David Eller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Community College of Denver. He is the author of Introducing Anthropology of Religion (Routledge 2007).
Table of Contents
|List of illustrations||p. xi|
|List of boxes||p. xiv|
|Understanding Anthropology||p. 1|
|The Science(s) of Anthropology||p. 2|
|Traditional Anthropology and Beyond||p. 7|
|The "Anthropological Perspective"||p. 12|
|The Relevance of Anthropology||p. 19|
|Understanding and Studying Culture||p. 24|
|Defining Culture||p. 25|
|The Biocultural Basis of Human Behavior||p. 35|
|Studying Culture: Method in Cultural Anthropology||p. 41|
|The Origins of Cultural Anthropology||p. 50|
|What Makes Cultural Anthropology Possible - and Necessary||p. 51|
|Encountering the Other||p. 55|
|Rethinking Society: Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century Social Theory||p. 59|
|Toward an Ethnological Science in the Nineteenth Century||p. 61|
|The Twentieth Century and the Founding of Modern Anthropology||p. 62|
|The Anthropological Crisis of the Mid-Twentieth Century and Beyond||p. 67|
|Language and Social Relations||p. 73|
|Human Language as a Communication System||p. 75|
|The Structure of Language||p. 77|
|Making Society Through Language: Language and the Construction of Social Reality||p. 84|
|Language Acquisition and the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis||p. 92|
|Learning to be an Individual: Personality and Gender||p. 98|
|Cultures and Persons, or Cultural Persons||p. 99|
|Gender and Person, or Gendered Persons||p. 108|
|Individuals and Identities: Race and Ethnicity||p. 121|
|The Anthropology of Race||p. 122|
|The Modern Anthropological Critique of Race||p. 128|
|The Anthropology of Ethnicity||p. 132|
|Racial and Ethnic Groups and Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective||p. 137|
|Seeing Culture as a Whole #1: The Relativism of Motherhood, Personhood, Race, and Health in a Brazilian Community||p. 148|
|Economics: Humans, Nature, and Social Organization||p. 150|
|Economics as the Base or Core of Culture||p. 151|
|The Anthropology of Economics||p. 153|
|Kinship and Non-Kin Organization: Creating Social Groups||p. 179|
|Corporate Groups: The Fundamental Structure of Human Societies||p. 180|
|Kinship-Based Corporate Groups||p. 181|
|Non-Kinship-Based Corporate Groups||p. 198|
|Politics: Social Order and Social Control||p. 207|
|Social Control: The Functions of Politics||p. 208|
|The Anthropology of Political Systems||p. 216|
|Maintaining Internal Order and "Social Harmony"||p. 229|
|An Anthropology of War||p. 232|
|Religion: Interacting with the Non-Human World||p. 236|
|The Problem of Studying Religion Anthropologically||p. 237|
|The Elements of Religion: Superhuman Entities and Human Specialists||p. 242|
|The Elements of Religion: Symbol, Ritual, and Language||p. 255|
|Seeing Culture as a Whole #2: The Integration of Culture in Warlpiri Society||p. 264|
|Cultural Dynamics: Continuity and Change||p. 267|
|The Tradition of Tradition||p. 268|
|Cultural Dynamics: The Processes of Cultural Change||p. 272|
|Colonialism and the Origin of Globalization||p. 290|
|The Culture of Colonialism||p. 292|
|The Legacy of Colonialism||p. 303|
|The Struggle for Political Identity: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Conflict||p. 314|
|Politics, Identity, and Post-Colonialism||p. 316|
|Fluid, Fragmented, and Fractious Cultures in the Modern World||p. 326|
|From Culture to Competition to Conflict||p. 330|
|The Struggle for Economic Independence: Development, Modernization, and Globalization||p. 338|
|Why Economic Dependence?||p. 339|
|The Path to Underdevelopment||p. 341|
|Development: Solution and Problem||p. 349|
|Models of Development||p. 356|
|The Benefits - and Costs - of Development||p. 358|
|The Struggle for Cultural Survival, Revival, and Revitalization||p. 363|
|Voices from Another World||p. 365|
|From Culture to Cultural Movement||p. 369|
|The Future of Culture, and the Culture of the Future||p. 377|
|Seeing Culture as a whole #3: Exile, Refuge, and Culture||p. 389|
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