This approachable introduction to cultural anthropology invites students to explore anthropology's relevance to their own lives, through stories, examples, and new, unique chapter-opening vignettes. The brief format and rich visual program allow professors to assign outside reading without sacrificing visual appeal in a concise text. A relaxed writing style complements a text that is well organized and academically solid. In addition, unique pedagogy asks students to think critically and apply concepts, perspectives, and methods.
Table of Contents
To the Instructor
To the Student
Part I. BASIC CONCEPTS AND METHODS IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Chapter 1. Anthropology: What Are Its Subfields and Perspectives?
Chapter 2. Culture: What Makes Us Strangers When We Are Away From Home?
Chapter 3. Fieldwork: How Is Data Gathered?
Chapter 4. Language: Is This What Makes Us Human?
Part II. CROSS-CULTURAL ADAPTIVE PATTERNS
Chapter 5. Subsistence Strategies and Resource Allocation: What Choices Are There?
Chapter 6. Marriage, Family and Residence: What are the Possibilities?
Chapter 7. Kinship and Descent: Are These the Ties That Bind?
Chapter 8. Gender and Sexuality: Nature or Nuture
Chapter 9. Political Order, Disorder, And Social Control: Who Decides?
Chapter 10. Belief Systems: How Do We Explain the Unbelievable?
Chapter 11: Expressions: Is This Art?
Part III. APPLYING THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 12. Culture Change: How Do We Foresee The Unforseeable?
Chapter 13. Applying Anthropology: How Does It Make A Difference?