Anthropology: Featured Books

15Featured Books

  • Stone Age Economics book cover

    Stone Age Economics

    By Marshall Sahlins

    Since its first publication over forty years ago Marshall Sahlins's Stone Age Economics has established itself as a classic of modern anthropology and arguably one of the founding works of anthropological economics. Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively,…

    Paperback – 2017-04-25
    Routledge
    Routledge Classics

  • Using Anthropology in the World: A Guide to Becoming an Anthropologist Practitioner book cover

    Using Anthropology in the World

    A Guide to Becoming an Anthropologist Practitioner

    By Riall W. Nolan

    Anthropologist practitioners work outside the confines of the university, putting their knowledge and skills to work on significant problems in a wide variety of different contexts. The demand for anthropologist practitioners is strong and growing; practice is in many ways the leading edge of…

    Paperback – 2017-03-21
    Routledge

  • The Trouble with Human Nature: Health, Conflict, and Difference in Biocultural Perspective book cover

    The Trouble with Human Nature

    Health, Conflict, and Difference in Biocultural Perspective

    By Elizabeth D. Whitaker

    The Trouble with Human Nature brings together biological and cross-cultural evidence to critically examine common preconceptions and challenge popular assumptions about human nature. It sets out to counter genetic and evolutionary myths about human variation and behavior, drawing on both biological…

    Paperback – 2017-03-09
    Routledge

  • Health Policy in a Time of Crisis: Abortion, Austerity, and Access book cover

    Health Policy in a Time of Crisis

    Abortion, Austerity, and Access

    By Bayla Ostrach

    Health Policy in a Time of Crisis is a vivid ethnographic account of women and providers navigating the Catalan health system to obtain and provide publicly funded abortion care. Grounded in critical medical anthropology, the book situates access to publicly funded abortion care in the context of…

    Paperback – 2017-01-24
    Routledge
    Advances in Critical Medical Anthropology

  • The Lives of Community Health Workers: Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia book cover

    The Lives of Community Health Workers

    Local Labor and Global Health in Urban Ethiopia

    By Kenneth Maes

    The importance of community health workers is increasingly recognized within many of today’s most high-profile global health programs, including campaigns focused on specific diseases and broader efforts to strengthen health systems and achieve universal health care. Based on ethnographic work with…

    Paperback – 2016-12-16
    Routledge
    Anthropology and Global Public Health

  • Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing book cover

    Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing

    By Thomas Widlok

    This book examines the economy of sharing in a variety of social and political contexts around the world, with consideration given to the role of sharing in relation to social order and social change, political power, group formation, individual networks and concepts of personhood. Widlok advocates…

    Paperback – 2016-10-06
    Routledge
    Critical Topics in Contemporary Anthropology

  • Social Science and Historical Perspectives: Society, Science, and Ways of Knowing book cover

    Social Science and Historical Perspectives

    Society, Science, and Ways of Knowing

    By Jack David Eller

    This accessible book introduces the story of ‘social science’, with coverage of history, politics, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and geography. Key questions include: How and why did the social sciences originate and differentiate? How are they related to older traditions…

    Paperback – 2016-09-13
    Routledge

  • Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place book cover

    Spatializing Culture

    The Ethnography of Space and Place

    By Setha Low

    This book demonstrates the value of ethnographic theory and methods in understanding space and place, and considers how ethnographically-based spatial analyses can yield insight into prejudices, inequalities and social exclusion as well as offering people the means for understanding the places…

    Paperback – 2016-09-06
    Routledge

  • Evolution and Social Life book cover

    Evolution and Social Life

    By Tim Ingold

    Evolution is among the most central and most contested of ideas in the history of anthropology. This book charts the fortunes of the idea from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times. By comparing biological, historical, and anthropological approaches to the study of human culture and social…

    Paperback – 2016-07-13
    Routledge
    Routledge Classic Texts in Anthropology

  • Making Health Public: How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life book cover

    Making Health Public

    How News Coverage Is Remaking Media, Medicine, and Contemporary Life

    By Charles L. Briggs, Daniel C. Hallin

    This book examines the relationship between media and medicine, considering the fundamental role of news coverage in constructing wider cultural understandings of health and disease. The authors advance the notion of ‘biomediatization’ and demonstrate how health knowledge is co-produced through…

    Paperback – 2016-05-27
    Routledge

  • Aboriginal Children, History and Health: Beyond Social Determinants book cover

    Aboriginal Children, History and Health

    Beyond Social Determinants

    Edited by John Boulton

    This volume traces the complex reasons behind the disturbing discrepancy between the health and well-being of children in mainstream Australia and those in remote Indigenous communities. Invaluably informed by Boulton’s close working knowledge of Aboriginal communities, the book addresses growth…

    Paperback – 2016-05-12
    Routledge

  • Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations book cover

    Anthropology and Climate Change

    From Actions to Transformations, 2nd Edition

    By Susan A. Crate, Mark Nuttall

    The first edition of Anthropology and Climate Change (2009) pioneered the study of climate change through the lens of anthropology, covering the relation between human cultures and the environment from prehistoric times to the present. This second, heavily revised edition brings the material on…

    Paperback – 2016-04-08
    Routledge

  • The Anthropology of Obesity in the United States book cover

    The Anthropology of Obesity in the United States

    By Anna Bellisari

    This volume examines the biocultural dimensions of obesity from an anthropological perspective in an effort to broaden understanding of a growing public health concern. The United States of America currently has the highest rates of obesity among developed countries, with an alarming rise in…

    Paperback – 2016-03-23
    Routledge

  • Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics and the Real Life of States, Societies, and Institutions book cover

    Cultural Intimacy

    Social Poetics and the Real Life of States, Societies, and Institutions, 3rd Edition

    By Michael Herzfeld

    In the third edition of this important and influential book, Michael Herzfeld revisits the idea of ‘cultural intimacy’. The chapters examine a range of topics touching on the relationship between state and citizen, and the notion of ‘national character’. Herzfeld provides a developed theoretical…

    Paperback – 2016-03-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Classic Texts in Anthropology

  • Social and Cultural Perspectives on Health, Technology and Medicine: Old Concepts, New Problems book cover

    Social and Cultural Perspectives on Health, Technology and Medicine

    Old Concepts, New Problems

    By Ciara Kierans, Kirsten Bell, Carol Kingdon

    Developments in health, science and technology have long provided fertile analytical ground for social science disciplines. This book focuses on the critical and enduring importance of core concepts in anthropology and sociology for interrogating and keeping pace with developments in the life…

    Paperback – 2016-02-25
    Routledge