Cultural Anthropology

Global Forces, Local Lives, 2nd Edition

By Jack David Eller

© 2012 – Routledge

360 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives helps students understand the application of anthropological concepts to the contemporary world. It offers an exceptionally clear and readable introduction to cultural anthropology, closely relating it to key topics such as colonialism and post-colonialism, ethnicity, the environment, cultural change, economic development and globalisation.

This second edition includes additional material on medical, urban and political anthropology, as well as increased coverage of religion and culture, with particular focus on Islamic societies. An updated and expanded range of case studies explores the diverse nature of anthropology through appealing subjects as "Blue Jeans Going Global" and "Migrating Brides in Northern India". Students will especially welcome the additional focus on careers in anthropology and how it is used in everyday life.

The design of this second edition has various aids to facilitate student learning:

  • A wealth of additional color images help bring concepts and theories to life.
  • Explains difficult key terms with marginal glosses and promotes further reading with “key texts” feature.
  • Assists study with boxed chapter summaries, an extensive bibliography and index.

Exclusive to purchasers of this new edition is 12-month access to the Routledge Interactive version of your textbook, including audio introductions from the author, exclusive supplementary case studies and study guides, and quiz material to test your learning.


"This is the first textbook that I outright like from all aspects and Dr Eller's voice is clear and carries through what is exciting and fascinating about anthropology while also critically rigorous and complex… In short, for me, this is the best textbook I have yet encountered." - Faidra Papavasilliou, Georgia State University, USA

"I think this is one of the strongest texts on the market, particularly by taking globalisation and change seriously throughout" - Julie Jenkins, Ball State University, USA

"Finally, an introductory textbook with real substance. Eller’s thoughtful account takes his readers seriously, providing them with a no-nonsense rendition of cultural anthropology, both past and present. This book does true justice to our discipline." - John T. Friedman, University College Roosevelt Academy / Utrecht University, The Netherlands

"I would definitely recommend this text to students…it is simply excellent" - Peter Collins, Durham University, UK

"While [Eller] certainly writes with the aim to instruct and present a comprehensive view of his discipline, his engaging style and critical rigour put this book in the rare class of textbooks that are fun to read. This textbook would be a welcome addition to reading lists for those beginning to study cultural anthropology." - Sneha Krishnan, LSE Review of Books

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Anthropology 2. Understanding and Studying Culture 3. The Origins of Cultural Anthropology 4. Language and Social Relations 5. Learning to be an Individual: Personality and Gender 6. Individuals and Identities: Race and Ethnicity 7. Economics: Humans, Nature, and Social Organization 8. Kinship and Non-Kin Organization: Creating Social Groups 9. Politics: Social Order and Social Control 10. Religion: Interacting with the Non-Human World 11. Cultural Dynamics:Continuity and Change 12. Colonialism and the Origin of Globalization 13. The Struggle for Political Identity: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Conflict 14. The Struggle for Economic Independence: Development, Modernization and Globalization 15. The Struggle for Cultural Survival and Revitalization. Glossary. Bibliography

About the Author

Jack David Eller is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Community College of Denver, USA.

Subject Categories

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

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