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Cultural Anthropology : A Perspective on the Human Condition

ISBN: 9780195338508 | 0195338502
Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 3/31/2008

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Now more accessible and student-friendly in this full-color seventhedition, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition exploreshow cultural creativity, human agency, and the material conditions of everydaylife interact together to shape human cultural practices. It stressescontemporary applications and human narratives across cultures, focusing on howpeople bring meaning to the world and transform it through practical action.Offering solid coverage of traditional topics, the authors incorporatecutting-edge theory and explain complex ideas in accessible language. They payspecial attention to issues of power and inequality in the contemporary world,including gender inequalities, racism, ethnic discrimination, nationalism,caste, and class. Covering the material in fifteen concise chapters, Cultural Anthropologyis ideal for introductory courses. It exposes students to alternativeperspectives from non-anthropologists and indigenous peoples through "In TheirOwn Words" commentaries, and it provides ethnographic summaries of each societydiscussed at length in the text in "EthnoProfile" boxes. The text also featuresmany pedagogical aids including key terms, a running glossary, chaptersummaries, maps, and annotated suggestions for further reading. An Instructor'sManual and Computerized Test Bank and a Companion Website provide additional helpful resources, including astudent guide with extensive study skill tips and chapter review tests.

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