Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives is an exceptionally clear and readable introduction that helps students understand the application of anthropological concepts to the contemporary world and everyday life. It provides thorough treatment of key subjects such as colonialism and post-colonialism, ethnicity, the environment, cultural change, economic development, and globalization.
This fourth edition has a fresh thematic focus on the future, with material relating to planning, decision-making, design and invention, hope, and waiting. More space is devoted to contemporary topics, and there is new coverage of subjects ranging from white nationalism, right-wing populism, and natural disasters to surgical training, hacker conferences, and the gig economy. Each chapter contains a rich variety of case studies that have been updated throughout.
The book includes a number of features to support student learning, including:
- Definitions of key terms and further reading suggestions in the margins
- Questions for discussion/review and boxed summaries at the end of every chapter
- An extensive glossary, bibliography, and index.
Additional resources are provided via a comprehensive companion website.
Jack David Eller is Associate Professor (Emeritus) of Anthropology at the Community College of Denver, USA. An experienced teacher and author, his other books for Routledge include Introducing Anthropology of Religion (second edition, 2014), Cultural Anthropology: 101 (2015), Culture and Diversity in the United States (2015), Social Science and Historical Perspectives (2016), and Psychological Anthropology for the 21st Century (2018).
CHAPTER 1. UNDERSTANDING ANTHROPOLOGY
CHAPTER 2. UNDERSTANDING AND STUDYING CULTURE
CHAPTER 3. THE ORIGINS OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CHAPTER 4. LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 5. CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF PERSONS: PERSONALITY AND GENDER
CHAPTER 6. INDIVIDUALS AND IDENTITIES: RACE AND ETHNICITY
CHAPTER 7. HEALTH, ILLNESS, BODY, AND CULTURE
CHAPTER 8. ECONOMICS: HUMANS, NATURE, AND SOCIETY
CHAPTER 9. KINSHIP AND NON-KIN GROUPS: BEING, BECOMING, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
CHAPTER 10. POLITICS: SOCIAL ORDER AND SOCIAL CONTROL
CHAPTER 11. RELIGION: RELATING TO THE NON-HUMAN WORLD
CHAPTER 12. CULTURAL DYNAMICS: TRADITION AND CHANGE
CHAPTER 13. COLONIALISM AND THE ORIGIN OF GLOBALIZATION
CHAPTER 14. THE STRUGGLE FOR POLITICAL IDENTITY IN A MOBILE AND UNCERTAIN WORLD
CHAPTER 15. ECONOMICS IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD: DEVELOPMENT, MODERNIZATION, AND NEOLIBERALISM
CHAPTER 16. CULTURAL SURVIVAL AND REVIVAL IN THE 21st CENTURY