This shorter, but comprehensive and academically sound, anchor text is an approachable, full-color introduction to cultural anthropology. This edition continues to give students the opportunity to explore anthropology's relevance to their own lives through stories, examples, and new, unique chapter-opening vignettes. The rich visual program allows professors to assign outside reading without sacrificing visual appeal in a concise text. A relaxed writing style offers students an accessible text, which is to-the-point and well-organized yet academically solid. Unique "Try This" pedagogy asks students to think critically and apply anthropological concepts, perspectives and methods, and the "Anthropology Around Us" boxes focus on the application of anthropological concepts featured in each chapter. An appendix on "How to Read Ethnography" gives students practical steps for getting the most out of reading and comparing ethnographies.
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 I: What Challenges Face Foragers?
Chapter 6. Subsistence Strategies and Resource Allocation II: How Did Food Production Transform Culture?
Chapter 7. Marriage, Family and Residence: What are the Possibilities?
Chapter 8. Kinship and Descent: Are These the Ties That Bind?
Chapter 9. Gender and Sexuality: Nature or Nurture
Chapter 10. Political Order, Disorder, And Social Control: Who Decides?
Chapter 11. Belief Systems: How Do We Explain the Unexplainable?
Chapter 12. Expressions: Is This Art?
Part III. APPLYING THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 13. Culture Change and Globalization: What Have We Learned?
Chapter 14. Applying Anthropology: How Does It Make A Difference?