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Cultural Anthropology
Global Forces, Local Lives





ISBN 9781138914438
Published January 17, 2016 by Routledge
384 Pages

 
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Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives presents all the key areas of cultural anthropology as well as providing original and nuanced coverage of current and cutting-edge topics. An exceptionally clear and readable introduction, it helps students understand the application of anthropological concepts to the contemporary world and everyday life. Thorough treatment is given throughout the text to issues such as globalization, colonialism, ethnicity, nationalism, neoliberalism, and the state.

Changes for the third edition include a brand new chapter on medical anthropology and an updated range of cases studies with a fresh thematic focus on China. The book contains 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
  • Summaries at the end of every chapter
  • An extensive glossary, bibliography and index.

 

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. INDIVIDUALS AND IDENTITIES: RACE AND ETHNICITY Seeing Culture as a Whole #1: Western Expatriates in the New Chinese Economy CHAPTER 7. ECONOMICS: HUMANS, NATURE, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION CHAPTER 8. KINSHIP AND NON-KIN ORGANIZATION: CREATING SOCIAL GROUPS CHAPTER 9. POLITICS: SOCIAL ORDER AND SOCIAL CONTROL CHAPTER 10. RELIGION: INTERACTING WITH THE NON-HUMAN WORLD Seeing Culture as a Whole #2: A Holistic Approach to Boko Haram and Islamic Violence CHAPTER 11. CULTURAL DYNAMICS: TRADITION AND CHANGE CHAPTER 12. COLONIALISM AND THE ORIGIN OF GLOBALIZATION CHAPTER 13. POLITICS IN THE POSTCOLONIAL WORLD: NATION-BUILDING, CONFLICT, AND BORDERLANDS CHAPTER 14. ECONOMICS IN THE POSTCOLONIAL WORLD: DEVELOPMENT, MODERNIZATION, AND GLOBALIZATION CHAPTER 15. CULTURAL SURVIVAL AND REVIVAL IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD CHAPTER 16. HEALTH, ILLNESS, BODY, AND CULTURE Seeing Culture as a Whole #3: Possessed by Dispossession - The Spirits of Postsocialist Society in Mongolia

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Biography

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), and Culture and Diversity in the United States (2015).

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    What is cultural anthropology? Are there practical benefits from studying it? What are the career opportunities in the field after college? These are common questions from students considering taking an anthropology course.  Author Jack David Eller provides answers and explains how the latest edition of his textbook Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives has been updated to provide an exceptionally clear and readable introduction to the subject.