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Successfully integrating attention to globalization, gender, class, race and ethnicity, and the environment, this text engages students with compelling ethnographic examples and by demonstrating the relevance of anthropology.

Faculty and students praise the book’s proven ability to generate class discussion, increase faculty-student engagement, and enhance student learning.

This book, based on Miller's full-length Cultural Anthropology text, will generate class discussion, increase faculty-student engagement, and enhance student learning. Material throughout the book highlights the relevance of anthropology to students and how they can apply in their careers. By entwining attention to key theories for understanding culture with an emphasis on relevance of anthropological knowledge and skills, this text is the perfect choice for introductory cultural anthropology courses.

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About the Author

In This Section:

 

I. Author Bio

II. Author Letter

 

I. Author Bio

 

Barbara Miller is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Director of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) Research and Policy Program, at The George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Syracuse University in 1978. Before coming to GW in 1994, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Barbara’s research has focused mainly on gender-based inequalities in India, especially the nutritional and medical neglect of daughters in the northern part of the country. She has also conducted research on culture and rural development in Bangladesh, on low-income household dynamics in Jamaica, and on Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.

 

Her current interests include continued research on India along with attention to the role of cultural anthropology in informing policy issues, especially as related to women, children, and other disenfranchised people.

 

She teaches courses on introductory cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, development anthropology, culture and population, health and development in South Asia, migration and mental health, and culture and security.

 

She has published many journal articles and book chapters and several books: The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press 1997), an edited volume, Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Cambridge University Press 1993), and a co-edited volume with Alf Hiltebeitel, Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures (SUNY Press 1998). In addition to Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World, second edition, she is the author of Cultural Anthropology, fifth edition (Pearson 2008) and the lead author of Anthropology, second edition(Pearson  2008).

 

Barbara launched a blog in 2009 (anthropologyworks.com) which includes her thoughts on important findings and debates in anthropology, a weekly feature covering anthropologists in the mainstream media, and guests posts. You can also follow her via Twitter @anthroworks.

 

 

II. Author Letter

 

Dear Colleague,

 

Most cultural anthropology textbooks are pretty much the same over the years, with a few new photos and minor tweaks. But culture is changing all the time. Climate change means that longstanding livelihoods are endangered. New states are formed. Through new social media, people have more "friends" than ever before, and perhaps more friends than they can manage to maintain as "friends." Some languages die out, while some groups work hard to keep their languages alive. This is just to name a few.

 

This message is to let you know about some of the highlights of the 3rd edition of Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World. I think you will find it to be the most current, exciting, and engaging cultural anthropology textbook for your students.

 

Since the publication of the previous edition of Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World two years ago, several major events demand attention, including the earthquake in Haiti and the Gulf oil spill. Thanks to anthropologists who study such events and convey their findings to fellow academics and the public, we, as faculty, can better teach about culture in an ever-changing world.

 

One aspect of this revision that I very much enjoyed was incorporating new material that I learned about through my blog, anthropologyworks.com. I dedicate some time every day to scanning the media for any mention of anthropology to include in my weekly "anthro in the news" feature. Through this commitment, I learn about both "what's new" and "what's important" in anthropology. That learning enlivens Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World 3e in every chapter.

 

Other distinctive "Miller features" of this edition include:

 

• A thought-provoking box in each chapter called </inst> ‘AnthropologyWorks’ that<emphasis role="strong"> provides</emphasis> an example of how knowledge in cultural anthropology is used to prevent or solve social problems. For example, your students will be fascinated and inspired by the box describing Paul Farmer's work in providing health care in Haiti.

• Several new photographs arranged in pairs or trios, with linked captions, offer a mini-photo essay for students to ponder.

• Updates based on the latest research about how people seek health advice on the Internet, homelessness in the United States, texting and Textese, and oil-related environmental disasters.

· Several new Key Concepts distinguish my textbook from others and offer students connections with other courses they are taking: asexuality, corporate social responsibility, food security, sectarian conflict, and social justice.

· MyAnthroLibrary, new to this edition, offers selections of current, brief articles on engaging topics listed at the end of each chapter and available at no cost for students through MyAnthroLab.

 

I know that you want to get your students excited about cultural anthropology and help them see the relevance of it to their lives and careers. Therefore, you should choose my book! I appreciate your interest in the 3rd edition of Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World, and I would be grateful for any comments you might have about it.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Barbara Miller

George Washington University

Email: barbar@gwu.edu

Blog: anthropologyworks.com

Twitter: anthroworks.com

Webpage: http://www.gwu.edu/~anth/who/miller.cfm

Table of Contents

BRIEF CONTENTS

PART I INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY  

 1 ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF CULTURE 

 2 RESEARCHING CULTURE 

PART II CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS  

 3 ECONOMIC SYSTEMS 

 4 REPRODUCTION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

 5 DISEASE, ILLNESS, AND HEALING

PART III SOCIAL ORGANIZATION

 6 KINSHIP AND DOMESTIC LIFE

 7 SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 

 8 POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS

PART IV SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS  

 9 COMMUNICATION 

 10 RELIGION 

 11 EXPRESSIVE CULTURE 

PART V CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CHANGE 

 12 PEOPLE ON THE MOVE 

 13 PEOPLE DEFINING DEVELOPMENT 

 

CONTENTS

PREFACE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

PART I

INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

1

ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF CULTURE

THE BIG QUESTIONS

INTRODUCING ANTHROPOLOGY 

    Biological or Physical Anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Orangutan Research Leads to Orangutan Advocacy

    Archaeology 

    Linguistic Anthropology 

    Cultural Anthropology 

    Applied Anthropology: Separate Field or Cross-Cutting Focus?

INTRODUCING CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 

    A Brief History of Cultural Anthropology 

    The Concept of Culture 

    Definitions of Culture

    Characteristics of Culture

• EVERYDAY ANTHROPOLOGY Latina Power in the Kitchen 

    Multiple Cultural Worlds

    CULTURAMA San Peoples of Southern Africa 

    Distinctive Features of Cultural Anthropology

    Three Theoretical Debates in Cultural Anthropology

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND CAREERS

    Majoring in Anthropology 

    Graduate Study in Anthropology 

    Living an Anthropological Life

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts 

    Suggested Readings

2

RESEARCHING CULTURE

THE BIG QUESTIONS

CHANGING RESEARCH METHODS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 

    From the Armchair to the Field 

    Participant Observation 

    AnthropologyWorks: What’s for Breakfast in California?

DOING FIELDWORK IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 

    Beginning the Fieldwork Process

CULTURAMA The Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea 

    Preparing for the Field

    Working in the Field 

    Fieldwork Techniques

 • EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT Inuit Place Names and Landscape Knowledge 

    Recording Culture 

    Data Analysis

URGENT ISSUES IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY RESEARCH 

    Ethics and Collaborative Research 

    Safety in the Field

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts  

    Suggested Readings

PART II

CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS

3

ECONOMIC SYSTEMS

THE BIG QUESTIONS

MODES OF LIVELIHOOD 

    Foraging

 • EVERYDAY ANTHROPOLOGY: The Importance of Dogs 

    Horticulture 

    Pastoralism

    Agriculture 

    Industrialism and the Information Age

MODES OF CONSUMPTION AND EXCHANGE 

    Modes of Consumption and Exchange

    Modes of Consumption 

    Modes of Exchange

    ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Evaluating Indian Gaming in California

GLOBALIZATION AND CHANGING ECONOMIES 

    Sugar, Salt, and Steel Tools in the Amazon 

    Alternative Food Movements in Europe and North America 

    Continuities and Resistance: The Enduring Potlatch

    CULTURAMA The Kwakwaka’wakw of Canada

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts    

    Suggested Readings

4

REPRODUCTION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

THE BIG QUESTIONS

MODES OF REPRODUCTION 

    The Foraging Mode of Reproduction 

    The Agricultural Mode of Reproduction

CULTURAMA The Old Order Amish of the United States and Canada 

    The Industrial/Informatics Mode of Reproduction

CULTURE AND FERTILITY 

    Sexual Intercourse 

    ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Studying Sexual Behavior Among MSM in New York City

    Fertility Decision Making 

    Fertility Control 

    Infanticide

PERSONALITY AND THE LIFE CYCLE 

    Birth, Infancy, and Childhood 

    Socialization during Childhood 

    Adolescence and Identity

 • CRITICAL THINKING Cultural Relativism and Female Genital Cutting 

    Adulthood

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts    

    Suggested Readings

5

DISEASE, ILLNESS, AND HEALING

THE BIG QUESTIONS

ETHNOMEDICINE 

    Defining and Classifying Health Problems 

    Ethno-Etiologies 

    Healing Ways

 • EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT Local Botanical Knowledge and Child Health in the

THREE THEORETICAL APPROACHES 

    The Ecological/Epidemiological Approach 

    The Interpretivist Approach 

    Critical Medical Anthropology

GLOBALIZATION AND CHANGE 

    New Infectious Diseases

    Diseases of Development 

    Medical Pluralism

CULTURAMA The Sherpa of Nepal 

    Applied Medical Anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS  Delivering Health Care in Rural Haiti

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts    

    Suggested Readings

PART III

SOCIAL ORGANIZATION 123

6

KINSHIP AND DOMESTIC LIFE

THE BIG QUESTIONS

HOW CULTURES CREATE KINSHIP 

    Studying Kinship: From Formal Analysis to Kinship in Action

    Descent

 • EVERYDAY ANTHROPOLOGY What’s in a Name?

CULTURAMA The Minangkabau of Indonesia

    Sharing 

    Marriage

HOUSEHOLDS AND DOMESTIC LIFE 

    The Household: Variations on a Theme

    Intrahousehold Dynamics

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Ethnography for Preventing Wife Abuse in Rural Kentucky

CHANGING KINSHIP AND HOUSEHOLD DYNAMICS

    Change in Descent 

    Change in Marriage

    Changing Households

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts  

    Suggested Readings

7

SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

THE BIG QUESTIONS

SOCIAL GROUPS 

    Friendship

 • EVERYDAY ANTHROPOLOGY Making Friends

    Clubs and Fraternities 

    Countercultural Groups 

    Cooperatives

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 

    Achieved Status: Class 

    Ascribed Status: “Race,” Ethnicity, Gender, and Caste

CULTURAMA: The Roma of Eastern Europe

CIVIL SOCIETY 

    Civil Society for the State: The Chinese Women’s Movement 

    Activist Groups: CO-MADRES 

    New Social Movements and the New Social Media

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts   

    Suggested Readings

8

POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS

THE BIG QUESTIONS

POLITICS, POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, AND LEADERSHIP

    Bands

    Tribes 

    Chiefdoms

    States

SOCIAL ORDER AND SOCIAL CONFLICT

    Norms and Laws

    Systems of Social Control 

    Social Conflict and Violence

• CRITICAL THINKING Yanomami: The “Fierce People”?

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Anthropology and Community Activism in Papua New Guinea

CHANGE IN POLITICAL AND LEGAL SYSTEMS 

    Emerging Nations and Transnational Nations

CULTURAMA The Kurds of the Middle East 

    Democratization 

    The United Nations and International Peacekeeping

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED

    Key Concepts

    Suggested Readings

PART IV

SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS 187

9

COMMUNICATION

THE BIG QUESTIONS

THE VARIETIES OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION 

    Language and Verbal Communication

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Narrating Troubles

    Nonverbal Language and Embodied Communication

    Communicating with Media and Information Technology

LANGUAGE, DIVERSITY, AND INEQUALITY

    Language and Culture: Two Theories 

    Critical Discourse Analysis: Gender and “Race”

LANGUAGE CHANGE 

    The Origins and History of Language 

    Historical Linguistics 

    Writing Systems 

    Colonialism, Nationalism, and Globalization

CULTURAMA The Saami of Sápmi, or Lapland 

    Endangered Languages and Language Revitalization

 • CRITICAL THINKING Should Dying Languages Be Revived?

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED

    Key Concepts  

    Suggested Readings

10

RELIGION

THE BIG QUESTIONS

RELIGION IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

    What Is Religion?

    Varieties of Religious Beliefs

 • EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT Eagle Protection, National Parks, and the Preservation of Hopi Culture

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Aboriginal Women’s Culture and Sacred Site Protection

    Ritual Practices

    Religious Specialists

WORLD RELIGIONS AND LOCAL VARIATIONS 

    Hinduism 

    Buddhism 

    Judaism 

    Christianity 

    Islam

    CULTURAMA Hui Muslims of Xi’an, China 

    African Religions

DIRECTIONS OF RELIGIOUS CHANGE

    Revitalization Movements

    Contested Sacred Sites 

    Religious Freedom as a Human Right

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED

    Key Concepts  

    Suggested Readings

11

EXPRESSIVE CULTURE

THE BIG QUESTIONS

ART AND CULTURE 

    What Is Art?

 • CRITICAL THINKING Probing the Categories of Art

    Studying Art in Society 

    Performance Arts 

    Architecture and Decorative Arts

PLAY, LEISURE, AND CULTURE

    Games and Sports as a Cultural Microcosm

    Leisure Travel 

    CULTURAMA The Gullah of South Carolina 

    CHANGE IN EXPRESSIVE CULTURE

    Colonialism and Syncretism 

    Tourism’s Complex Effects

 • ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS A Strategy on Cultural Heritage for the World Bank

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED

    Key Concepts    

    Suggested Readings

PART V

CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CHANGE

12

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

THE BIG QUESTIONS

CATEGORIES OF MIGRATION

    Categories Based on Spatial Boundaries

 • CRITICAL THINKING Haitian Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic: A Case of Structure or Human Agency? 

    Categories Based on Reason for Moving

    CULTURAMA The Maya of Guatemala

THE NEW IMMIGRANTS TO THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA 

    The New Immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean 

    The New Immigrants from Asia 

    The New Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union

 • LESSONS APPLIED Studying African Pastoralists’ Movements for Risk Assessment and Service Delivery

MIGRATION POLITICS, POLICIES, AND PROGRAMS IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD 

    Protecting Migrants’ Health

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS Mapping African Pastoralists’ Movements for Risk Assessment and Service Delivery

    Inclusion and Exclusion 

    Migration and Human Rights 

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts   

    Suggested Readings

13

PEOPLE DEFINING DEVELOPMENT

THE BIG QUESTIONS

DEFINING DEVELOPMENT AND APPROACHES TO IT

    Two Processes of Cultural Change

ANTHROPOLOGY WORKS The Saami, Snowmobiles, and Social Impact Analysis

    Theories and Models of Development

    Institutional Approaches to Development

CULTURAMA The Peyizan yo of Haiti 

    The Development Project

DEVELOPMENT, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, AND WOMEN

    Indigenous People and Development

    Women and Development

URGENT ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT

    Life Projects and Human Rights

 • EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT Oil, Environmental Degradation, and Human Rights in the Nigerian Delta

    Cultural Heritage and Development: Linking the Past and Present to the Future

    Cultural Anthropology and the Future

THE BIG QUESTIONS REVISITED 

    Key Concepts

    Suggested Readings

PHOTO CREDITS

GLOSSARY

REFERENCES

INDEX

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ISBN:
9780205786367
Author:
Miller, Barbara
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Miller, Barbara D.
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Anthropology - General
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