Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology : A Global Perspective

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For introductory courses in Cultural Anthropology. This textbook serves as a useful introduction to cultural anthropology by integrating ethnographic material from around the world. By drawing upon classic and recent research in the field, this text reflects current state-of-the-art understandings of social and cultural changes based on the interrelationships among different societies. It demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, yet at the same time reveals similarities in humans more

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  • Paperback | 510 pages
  • 203.2 x 254 x 20.3mm | 902.66g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0130979546
  • 9780130979544

About Raymond Scupin

Raymond Scupin is professor of anthropology at Lindenwood University. He received his B.A. degree in history and Asian studies, with a minor in anthropology, from the University of California-Los Angeles. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Dr. Scupin is truly a four-field anthropologist. During graduate school, Dr. Scupin did archaeological and ethnohistorical research on Native American Indians in the Santa Barbara region. He did extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Thailand, with a focus on understanding the ethnic and religious movements among the Muslim minority. In addition, he taught linguistics and conducted linguistic research while based at a Thai university. Dr. Scupin has been teaching undergraduate courses in anthropology for almost thirty years at a variety of academic institutions, including community colleges, research universities, and a four-year liberal arts university. Thus, he has taught a very broad spectrum of undergraduate students. Through his teaching experience, Dr. Scupin was prompted to write this textbook, which would allow a wide range of undergraduate students to understand the holistic and global perspectives of the four-field approach in anthropology. Dr. Scupin has published many essays based on his ethnographic research in Thailand. He recently returned to Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia to update his ethnographic data. He is a member of many professional associations, including the American Anthropological Association, the Asian Studies Association, and the Council of Thai more

Table of contents

I. BASIC CONCEPTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY. 1. Introduction to Anthropology. 2. Human Evolution. II. BASIC CONCEPTS OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY. 3. Culture. 4. The Process of Enculturation. 5. Language. 6. Anthropological Explanations. III. PRESTATE SOCIETIES. 7. Analyzing Sociocultural Systems. 8. Band Societies. 9. Tribes. 10. Chiefdoms. IV. STATE SOCIETIES. 11. Agricultural States. 12. Industrial States. V. CONSEQUENCES OF GLOBALIZATION. 13. Globalization and Aboriginal Peoples. 14. Globalization in Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. 15. Globalization in the Middle East and Asia. VI. ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE GLOBAL FUTURE. 16. Race and Ethnicity. 17. Contemporary Global Trends. 18. Applied more

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