Now more accessible and student-friendly in this full-color seventh edition, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition explores how cultural creativity, human agency, and the material conditions of everyday life interact together to shape human cultural practices. It stresses contemporary applications and human narratives across cultures, focusing on howNow more accessible and student-friendly in this full-color seventh edition, Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition explores how cultural creativity, human agency, and the material conditions of everyday life interact together to shape human cultural practices. It stresses contemporary applications and human narratives across cultures, focusing on how people bring meaning to the world and transform it through practical action. Offering solid coverage of traditional topics, the authors incorporate cutting-edge theory and explain complex ideas in accessible language. They pay special 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 Anthropology is ideal for introductory courses. It exposes students to alternative perspectives from non-anthropologists and indigenous peoples through "In Their Own Words" commentaries, and it provides ethnographic summaries of each society discussed at length in the text in "EthnoProfile" boxes. The text also features many pedagogical aids including key terms, a running glossary, chapter summaries, maps, and annotated suggestions for further reading. An Instructor's Manual and Computerized Test Bank and a Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/culturalanthro provide additional helpful resources, including a student guide with extensive study skill tips and chapter review tests....
|Title||:||Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition|
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Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition Reviews
This book was a great discussion about how culture around the world is documented. Solely based on the content of the book, I’d give it five stars. It is important for understanding the world.However, based on several factors, I think the book needs improvement to be a good text. Here are my issues with it. First, the chapters don’t have outlines. Each chapter jumps right into a case study. The cases are fine, but keep them until after an overview. Second, Chapter 1 isn’t very enthralling. It simply discusses different fields of anthropology. Third, there are no questions as the end of the chapters. I like books that challenge the reader by asking difficult questions. There is a web page that asks questions, but they are multiple choice style which is not thought provoking. The web page is for the newest edition, but the questions are relevant to the edition I had.I liked that the authors included discussion of psychology’s interaction with culture, but I thought they focused too much on psychoanalytic theories.Generally the book is well written. However, occasionally I felt that the authors were using a tone that was too academic. For example, parts of chapter 14 seemed to be too dry for potential students.Lastly, I look at all social science books for how they treat religion and faith. I wasn’t completely sure how to rate it based on this. The authors mention that social science tries to keep away from discussing religion. They kept too far away from discussion of religion. It wasn’t mentioned at all unless I overlooked it. However, this it seems to me that faith is an important part of culture that can’t be ignored. Besides that, the authors say several comments that appear neutral, such as: truth embodied in cultural tradition is bound to be partial … open to further growth.