Inside Cultures: A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Paperback)William Balee (author)
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This concise, contemporary, and inexpensive option for instructors of cultural anthropology breaks away from the traditional structure of introductory textbooks. Emphasizing the interaction between humans and their environment, the tension between human universals and cultural variation, and the impacts of colonialism on traditional cultures, Inside Cultures shows students how cultural anthropology can help us understand the complex, globalized world around us. This second edition:includes brand new material on a variety of subjects, including genomic studies, race and racism, cross-cultural issues of gender identity, terrorism and ethnography, and business anthropology;
presents updated and enhanced discussions of medical anthropology, European colonialism and disease, the Atlantic slave trade, and much more;
offers personal stories of the author's fieldwork in Amazonia, sidebars illustrating fascinating cases of cultures in action, and other pedagogical elements such as timelines;
is written is clear, supple prose that delights readers while informing them
Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 628 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
"This highly readable textbook successfully combines the best of the science and humanism of cultural anthropology, using fascinating examples from both the history and the cutting edge of the discipline."
- Erica Hill, University of Alaska Southeast, praise for the first edition
"When I choose texts for my introductory cultural anthropology course, I look for ones that include an engaging narrative voice, ground the lower-division anthropology student in the usefulness and humanity of the discipline, and get students excited about the prospect of becoming anthropologists. Inside Cultures hits the mark. Remarkably exhaustive without being overwhelming, the book is a clearly written inventory of the subject matter, methodologies, and central theories of cultural anthropology. Yet it also generates energy through an engaging tone and vibrant examples that make it easy for instructors to demonstrate their respect for anthropology, and for students to fall in love with it. Inside Cultures is not just a textbook, it's a thoroughly delightful invitation to the discipline."
- Rachael Stryker, Mills College, praise of the first edition
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