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Cultural Anthropology

Global Forces, Local Lives, 4th Edition

By Jack David Eller

Routledge

424 pages | 97 Color Illus. | 11 B/W Illus.

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Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives is an exceptionally clear and readable introduction that helps students understand the application of anthropological concepts to the contemporary world and everyday life. It provides thorough treatment of key subjects such as colonialism and post-colonialism, ethnicity, the environment, cultural change, economic development, and globalization.

This fourth edition has a fresh thematic focus on the future, with material relating to planning, decision-making, design and invention, hope, and waiting. More space is devoted to contemporary topics and there is new coverage of subjects ranging from white nationalism, right-wing populism, and natural disasters to surgical training, hacker conferences, and the gig economy. Each chapter contains a rich variety of case studies that have been updated throughout.

The book includes a number of features to support student learning, including:

  • A wealth of color images
  • Definitions of key terms and further reading suggestions in the margins
  • Questions for discussion/review and boxed summaries at the end of every chapter
  • An extensive glossary, bibliography and index.

Additional resources are provided via a comprehensive companion website.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. UNDERSTANDING ANTHROPOLOGY

CHAPTER 2. UNDERSTANDING AND STUDYING CULTURE

CHAPTER 3. THE ORIGINS OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

CHAPTER 4. LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL RELATIONS

CHAPTER 5. CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF PERSONS: PERSONALITY AND GENDER

CHAPTER 6. INIDIVIDUALS AND IDENTITIES: RACE AND ETHNICITY

CHAPTER 7. HEALTH, ILLNESS, BODY, AND CULTURE

CHAPTER 8. ECONOMICS: HUMANS, NATURE, AND SOCIETY

CHAPTER 9. KINSHIP AND NON-KIN ORGANIZATION: BEING, BECOMING, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

CHAPTER 10. POLITICS: SOCIAL ORDER AND SOCIAL CONTROL

CHAPTER 11. RELIGION: RELATING TO THE NON-HUMAN WORLD

CHAPTER 12. CULTURAL DYNAMICS: TRADITION AND CHANGE

CHAPTER 13. COLONIALISM AND THE ORIGIN OF GLOBALIZATION

CHAPTER 14. THE STRUGGLE FOR POLITICAL IDENTITY IN A MOBILE AND UNCERTAIN WORLD

CHAPTER 15. ECONOMICS IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD: DEVELOPMENT, MODERNIZATION, AND NEOLIBERALISM

CHAPTER 16. CULTURAL SURVIVAL AND REVIVAL IN THE 21st CENTURY

About the Author

Jack David Eller is Associate Professor (Emeritus) of Anthropology at the Community of College of Denver, USA. An experienced teacher and author, his other books for Routledge include Introducing Anthropology of Religion (second edition, 2014), Cultural Anthropology: 101 (2015), Culture and Diversity in the United States (2015), Social Science and Historical Perspectives (2016) and Psychological Anthropology for the 21st Century (2018).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General