Successfully integrating attention to culture change, gender, class, race, ethnicity, and the environment, Barbara Miller's Cultural Anthropology engages students with compelling ethnographic examples, and demonstrates the relevance of anthropology in today's world. Faculty and students praise the book’s proven ability to generate class discussion, increase faculty-student engagement, and enhance student learning!
Through clear writing, a balanced theoretical approach, and engaging examples, Barbara Miller stresses the importance of social inequality and human rights, the environment, culture change and applied aspects of anthropology. Rich examples of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and age thread through the topical coverage of economic systems, the life-cycle, health, kinship, social organization, politics, language, religion, and expressive culture. In addition, the last two chapters address how migration is changing world cultures, and how the importance of local cultural values and needs are shaping international development policies and programs.
Table of Contents
Part I INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
1 ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF CULTURE
2 THE EVOLUTION OF HUMANITY AND CULTURE
3 RESEARCHING CULTURE
Part II CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS
4 MAKING A LIVING
5 CONSUMPTION AND EXCHANGE
6 REPRODUCTION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
7 DISEASE, ILLNESS, AND HEALING
Part III SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
8 KINSHIP AND DOMESTIC LIFE
9 SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
10 POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS
Part IV SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS
13 EXPRESSIVE CULTURE
Part V CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CHANGE
14 PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
15 PEOPLE DEFINING DEVELOPMENT
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