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Human Culture: Highlights of Cultural Anthropology, 2nd Edition

By Carol R. Ember, Melvin R. Ember

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 16, 2011

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A Brief Empirical Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


Human Culture presents the highlights of the popular Cultural Anthropology, 13th edition by the same author team. It provides students with an empirical introduction to cultural anthropology, and helps them understand humans in all their variety - and why such variety exists.


This new 2nd edition places an increased emphasis on immigration, migration and globalization.  Additionally, the size of the book (13 chapters) makes it useful for quarter courses, as well as for courses that encourage a lot of supplemental reading.


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Table of Contents


Part I Introduction
Chapter 1: The Importance of Anthropology
Chapter 2: Culture and Culture Change
Chapter 3: Explanation and Evidence

Part II Cultural Variation
Chapter 4: Language and Communication
Chapter 5: Economics
Chapter 6: Social Stratification: Class, Ethnicity, and Racism
Chapter 7: Sex and Gender
Chapter 8: Marriage, Family, and Kinship  
Chapter 9: Political Life
Chapter 10: Religion and Magic  
Chapter 11: The Arts 

Part III Using Anthropology

Chapter 12: Global Problems  
Chapter 13: Applied and Practicing Anthropology 

Purchase Info

ISBN-10: 0-205-25302-4

ISBN-13: 978-0-205-25302-9

Format: Book

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