Anthropology Unbound A Field Guide to the 21st Century

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-10-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Anthropology Unbound: A Field Guide to the 21st Century, Third Edition, demonstrates how viewing the world through an anthropological lens enhances our understanding of current topics like globalization, the new economy, jobs and careers, world trade, the condition of inner cities, and racial and ethnic relations. It makes anthropology accessible and even fun, with examples from "driving the porcelain bus" as an illustration of negative utility to reading the tags on a classmate's shirt as a way to discuss why it was made in another country.

Brief, accessible, and affordable, this updated edition offers a new user-friendly layout that includes fresh photos and multiple sidebars introducing new voices from anthropologists in the corporate world, the military, and more. It concludes with multifaceted opportunities for students to put anthropology to work both inside and outside of academia.

New to This Edition

* New sidebars contributed by various scholars
* A new chapter on applied anthropology
* New material on current issues throughout

Author Biography

E. Paul Durrenberger is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Penn State and the University of Iowa. He was awarded the Malinowski Award by the Society for Applied Anthropology in 2014.

Suzan Erem has worked as a reporter, editor, and communications specialist for more than twenty-five years. She is the author or coauthor of seven books.

Durrenberger and Erem are coeditors of Paradigms for Anthropology: An Ethnographic Reader (OUP, 2010).

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors
Introduction, or How to Read This Book

Chapter 1: Science Basics
Seek and ye shall find

Chapter 2: Human Variation: Race and Gender
Skin color: A function of the sun
Marriage as partnership
Statement on marriage and the family

Chapter 3: From Inside and Out

Chapter 4: Ecological Systems
To each his own

Chapter 5: An Anthropological Approach to Economics
That's what you get

Chapter 6: Political Systems
The Burmese border
Love it or leave it

Chapter 7: Stratification without a State: Medieval Iceland

Chapter 8: How States Work
Are all men created equal?
Is that a gun in your pocket or...?
Keeping a lid on it

Chapter 9: The Anthropology of Religion
Islam reviatlized
A test of faith

Chapter 10: Political Economy
"Independent" shrimpers

Chapter 11: Class
Witnessing class war
Preamble to the IWW Constitution (1908)
The Year of the Great Redistribution

Chapter 12: Back to the Land
The cow war
Rigging food systems
Worker Coops

Chapter 13: Global Processes, Local Systems
The magical worldview of capitalists
Evo Morales and the new Bolivia
Wall Street
Globalization close up
This is what democracy looks like

Chapter 14: Connecting the People to the System
The Move to Mexico
Chinese factory girls

Chapter 15: Anthropology Goes to Work
Anthropologist heal thyself
Medical anthropology
Elizabeth K. Briody
Fishy anthropology
Gathering intel
Getting busy
Real anthropology
Anthropology at war
Action anthropology and community gardens

Chapter 16: The End Is Near
What does anthropology have to say about social media and activism?

About the Authors

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