Cultural Anthropology 13 9780077861537
Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

Grade Levels: 13
By Conrad Kottak
Copyright: 2015
Publication Date: September 15, 2014
MHID: 0077861531
ISBN 13: 9780077861537

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New sections :
“Online Ethnography”
"Public and Applied Anthropology"
“Language, Culture, and History”
“Minority Groups and Stratification”
“Changing Demographics”
“Resistance via Social Media”
“Religion and Cultural Globalization”
“ Evangelical Protestantism and Pentecostalism”
“ Homogenization, Indigenization, or Hybridization”
“ Antimodernism and Fundamentalism”
“ The Spread of Islam”
“ Networking and Sociability On- and Offline”
“ The Fall from Grace: Golf and the Celebrity Scandal”
“ Neoliberalism and NAFTA’s Economic Refugees”
“ Emerging Diseases”
“ Anthropology’s Key Lessons”

New Integrated Coverage of the Impact of Technology and Social Media : Systematic attention is given to the key role of the Internet and social media in today’s globalizing world with new sections like “Resistance via Social Media” when discussing political systems.

Key Features

Revised Focus on Globalization: Focusing on an increasingly interconnected world, the Focus on Globalization essays examine topics as diverse as the global gender gap, the political role of new media, world events (including the Olympics and the World Cup), and the expansion of international finance and branding.

Appreciating Anthropology Boxes : feature current-events stories that explore ways in which anthropologists are actively engaged in some of our most urgent twenty-first century concerns. From Afghanistan: What the Anthropologists Say, to A Biocultural Approach to Health in the Bolivian Amazon" these boxes demonstrate that topics raised in every chapter can be found in today's headlines.

'Appreciating Diversity' Boxes : explore the rich diversity of cultures – past and present – that anthropologists study. Political mobilizations in rural Thailand and “Hinduism Takes Back Yoga,” about the desire to raise awareness to yoga’s debt to the faith’s ancient traditions, are just a few of the topics explored in these sections.

Cultural Anthropology

Brief Table of Contents

List of Boxes

About the Author


Part I Introduction to Anthropology

1 What Is Anthropology?

2 Culture

3 Method and Theory in Cultural Anthropology

Part II Appreciating Cultural Diversity

4 Applying Anthropology

5 Language and Communication

6 Ethnicity and Race

7 Making a Living

8 Political Systems

9 Gender

10 Families, Kinship, and Descent

11 Marriage

12 Religion

13 Arts, Media, and Sports

Part III The Changing World

14 The World System and Colonialism

15 Anthropology’s Role in a Globalizing World





About the Author

Conrad Kottak

Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968.  In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan.  In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan.  Professor Kottak has done fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. In current research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.