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An Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology exposes students to the cultural detail and personal experiences that lie in the anthropological record and extends their anthropological understanding to contemporary issues.

The book is divided into three parts that focus on the main themes of the discipline: ecological adaptations, structural arrangements, and interpretive meanings. Each chapter provides an overview of a particular topic and then presents two case examples that illuminate the range of variation in traditional and contemporary societies. New case examples include herders’ climate change adaptations in the Arctic, matrilineal Muslims in Indonesia, Google’s AI winning the Asian game Go, mass migration in China, cross-cultural differences in the use of social media, and the North American response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Instructors will also have digital access to all the book’s illustrations for class review.

Covering the full range of sociocultural anthropology in a compact approach, this revised and updated edition of Cultural Anthropology: Adaptations, Structures, Meanings is a holistic, accessible, and socially relevant guide to the discipline for students at all levels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-xii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-2
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  1. 1. The Anthropological Vision
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Part I. Adaptations
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. 2. Introduction to Part I
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 3. Foragers
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 4. Horticulturalists
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 5. Agriculturalists
  2. pp. 57-70
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  1. 6. Pastoralists
  2. pp. 71-82
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  1. 7. Industrialists
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. Part II. Structures
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. 8. Introduction to Part II
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. 9. Kinship: Terminology and Households
  2. pp. 111-128
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  1. 10. Kinship: Descent and Marriage
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. 11. Economics
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. 12. Politics
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. 13. Religion
  2. pp. 183-198
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  1. Part III. Meanings
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. 14. Introduction to Part III
  2. pp. 201-208
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  1. 15. Cognition
  2. pp. 209-222
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  1. 16. Language
  2. pp. 223-240
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  1. 17. Expression
  2. pp. 241-254
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  1. 18. Action
  2. pp. 255-268
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 269-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607327196
Related ISBN
9781607327189
MARC Record
OCLC
999306814
Pages
290
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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