Cultural Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0205467792

ISBN-13: 9780205467792

Edition: 7th 2007

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Using a cultural materialist approach, the seventh edition ofCultural Anthropologyprovides a framework for explaining how the parts of sociocultural systems are interrelated and how they change over time. ldquo;Marvin Harris'lifelong commitment to a scientific anthropology shines through in this comprehensive and well-written textbook,rdquo; praises one reviewer. Described as accessible, engaging, well-illustrated, and comprehensive, this text covers a wide range of Western and non-Western cultures for analysis and comparison. ldquo;Marvin Harris can continue to bring new insights to the field of anthropology and provide ways to inspire students new to this discipline,rdquo; writes a long-time user. ldquo;Cultural Anthropologyexcels in making anthropology accessible and relevant to today's students. The authors succeed in showing not only what the current status of anthropology is but also the potential of anthropology to explain human culture in all of its diversity and magnificence,rdquo; writes another. For the seventh edition, rReadings from Spradley/McCurdy, Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 12/e have been integrated with wherever possible through emic and etic interpretations within the levels of infrastructure, structure and superstructure. Chapter 9, ldquo;Descent, Locality, and Kinship,rdquo; has been rewritten to provide more streamlined coverage. Increased use of the universal pattern model through graphics and new content throughout each chapter. The universal pattern model is introduced in Chapter 2 and applied throughout the text to reinforce how differences in civilization impact infrastructure and adaptive patterns. Enhanced problem-orientation in the new edition capitalizes on this growing trend through interim questions after each section in each chapter.
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List price: $161.40
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/11/2006
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 400
Size: 11.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Yolanda Murphy, previously on the faculty of Empire State College (SUNY), is retired.Robert F. Murphy was professor of anthropology at Columbia University. He was the author of many books and articles, including Headhunter's Heritage: Social and Economic Change Among the Munduruc� Indiansand The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled,for which he won a Columbia University Lionel Trilling Award.R. Brian Ferguson, editor of the foreword, is professor of anthropology at Rutgers University -- Newark. His books include The State, Identity, and Violenceand Yanomami Warfare: A Political History.

The Five Fields of Anthropology
What Is Distinctive about Cultural Anthropology?
Why Study Anthropology?
The Nature of Culture
Definitions of Culture
Society, Subculture, and Sociocultural System
Science and the Relativity of Truth
Fieldwork and the Mental and Behavioral Aspects of Culture
The Universal Pattern
The Diversity of Anthropological Theories
Cultural Materialism
The Evolution of the Capacity for Culture
Genes and Natural Selection
Nonhuman Culture
The Evolution of the Hominids
Apes and Language
Aggressive versus Cooperative Behavior among Apes
Language and Culture
Universal Features of Language
Structural Linguistics: Elements of Language Analysis
Biological and Cultural Aspects of Language
Language Issues and Theories
Evolution of Energy Production
The Influence of the Environment and Ecology
Carrying Capacity and the Law of Diminishing Returns
Hunting and Gathering
Energy and the Evolution of Culture
Industrial Food Energy Systems
The Relation between Production and Reproduction
Population Pressure versus Population Growth
Preindustrial Reproductive Practices
The Costs and Benefits of Rearing Children
The Contraception, Abortion, and Infanticide Debate
Industrial Modes of Reproduction
Women's Status, Education, and Fertility
Economic Organization
Definition of Economy
Redistributive Exchange
Reciprocity versus Redistribution
The Infrastructural Basis of Redistribution and Reciprocity
Stratified Redistribution
Price Market Exchange: Buying and Selling
Patterns of Work
Domestic Life
The Household and the Domestic Sphere of Culture
Family Groups and the Mode of Production and Reproduction
What Is Marriage?
Economic Aspects of Marriage
Preferential Marriages
Domestic Groups and the Avoidance of Incest
Descent, Locality, and Kinship
Descent Rules: Cognatic and Unilineal Descent
Postmarital Locality Patterns
Kinship Terminologies
Kin Terms Are Negotiated, Not Written in Stone
Law and Or
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