Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-13
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This concise and affordable introduction to the basic ideas and practices of contemporary cultural anthropology addresses the needs of anthropology professors who make extensive use of ethnographies and other supplementary readings in their courses.Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropologyoffers a thorough annotated bibliography of the terms and concepts that anthropologists use in their work, while its conceptual and theoretical framework prepares students to read ethnography more effectively..

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Anthropologyp. 1
An Anthropological Perspectivep. 2
The Subfields of Anthropologyp. 3
Is Anthropology a Science? Modernism, Postmodernism, and Beyondp. 10
Reflexive Anthropologyp. 11
Culturep. 15
Culture Against Racism: The Early Twentieth Centuryp. 16
The Evolution of Culturep. 19
Culture and Symbolismp. 21
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativismp. 23
The Boundaries of Culture?p. 25
The Concept of Culture in a Global World: Problems and Practicesp. 27
Culture: Contemporary Discussion and Debatep. 30
Culture: A Contemporary Consensusp. 32
Languagep. 33
Studying Language: A Historical Sketchp. 34
The Building Blocks of Languagep. 37
Language and Culturep. 39
Language and Societyp. 41
Discoursep. 44
Language Contact and Changep. 47
Culture and the Individualp. 51
From Individualism to Agencyp. 52
Culture and Personalityp. 54
Enculturationp. 56
The Selfp. 59
Cognition and Cognitive Anthropologyp. 61
Cognitive Stylesp. 63
Emotionp. 64
Expressive Culture: Religion, Worldview, and Artp. 67
Religionp. 68
Mythp. 71
Ritualp. 72
Magic and Witchcraftp. 75
Religious Practitionersp. 80
Change in Religious Systemsp. 81
Artp. 83
The Anthropology of Mediap. 86
The Dimensions of Social Organizationp. 89
What Is Social Organization?p. 90
Dimensions of Social Organizationp. 92
Caste and Classp. 96
Racep. 100
Ethnicityp. 101
Genderp. 103
Sexualityp. 106
Political Anthropologyp. 109
Powerp. 110
Political Ecology and Political Economyp. 112
Disputes and Dispute Resolutionp. 114
Forms of Political Organizationp. 116
Social Stratificationp. 119
Forms of Political Activityp. 120
Social Control and Lawp. 123
Nationalism and Hegemonyp. 125
Economic Anthropologyp. 131
The "Arts of Subsistence"p. 132
Subsistence Strategiesp. 133
Explaining the Material Life Processes of Societyp. 136
Modes of Exchangep. 139
Production, Distribution, and Consumptionp. 141
Mode of Productionp. 143
Peasantsp. 144
Consumptionp. 148
Relatedness: Kinship and Descentp. 153
Kinship Versus Biologyp. 154
Descentp. 156
Bilateral Descentp. 157
Unilineal Descentp. 159
Kinship Terminologiesp. 163
Marriage and Familyp. 167
What Is Marriage?p. 168
Whom to Marry and Where to Livep. 169
How Many Spouses?p. 171
Marriage as Alliancep. 173
Familyp. 175
Globalization and the Culture of Capitalismp. 179
The Cultural Legacy of Colonialismp. 180
Analyzing Sociocultural Change in the Postcolonial Worldp. 183
Globalizationp. 189
The Cultural Effects of Contactp. 192
Globalization, Citizenship, and Human Rightsp. 195
Theory in Cultural Anthropologyp. 201
Anthropology as Sciencep. 202
Nineteenth-Century Approachesp. 203
Early-Twentieth-Century Approachesp. 205
Mid-Twentieth-Century Approachesp. 209
Late-Twentieth-Century Debatesp. 218
New Directions in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 222
Reading Ethnographyp. 227
The Parts of an Ethnographyp. 227
The Use of Indigenous and Local Termsp. 231
The Photographsp. 232
Why Are You Reading This Ethnography (and How Should You Read It)?p. 234
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 250
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