Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, Canadian Edition by Emily A. Schultz

Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, Canadian Edition

byEmily A. Schultz, Robert H. Lavenda, Roberta Robin Dods

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Drawing on the authors' fieldwork experience, this text explores how cultural creativity, human agency, and the material conditions of everyday life interact to shape cultural practices. Discussions of ongoing controversies - including tribalism vs. globalization and increasing inequalitybetween "have" and "have not" regions - show how cultural anthropologists can tackle the world's most pressing social problems through their specialized knowledge and skills.

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Roberta Robin Dods is an associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. She brings extensive experience both in the field and classroom to her writing and Canadianization of OUP's bestselling American text, Cultural Anthropology: ...
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Title:Cultural Anthropology: A Perspective on the Human Condition, Canadian EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.56 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: The Tools of Cultural Anthropology1. The Anthropological Perspective on the Human ConditionExplanations of the Human ConditionThe Anthropological Perspective: The Cross-disciplinary DisciplineAnthropology and the Concept of CultureThe Challenge of Cultural DifferencesCulture, History, and Human AgencyThe Promise of the Anthropological Perspective2. Fieldwork: A Meeting of Cultural TraditionsMethods of Collecting InformationModes of Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Short HistoryThe Fieldwork Experience: A Brief OverviewInteractions in the Field: Interpretation and TranslationMulti-sited FieldworkThe Effects of FieldworkThe Production of Anthropological KnowledgeAnthropological Knowledge as Open-Ended3. Anthropology in History and the Explanation of Cultural DiversityThe Roots of Canadian AnthropologyCapitalism, Colonialism, and "Modernity"Anthropology and the Colonial EncounterToward Classifying Forms of Human SocietyStudying Human Societies TodayPart Two: The Resources of Culture4. LanguageLanguage and CultureDesign Features of Human LanguageLanguage and ContextLinguistic RelativityComponents of LanguageNon-Verbal CommunicationPidgin Languages: Negotiated MeaningLinguistic Inequality and OppressionLanguage and GenderThe Flexibility of LanguageLanguage and Change5. Culture, the Individual, and IdentityPerceptionCognitionEmotionMotivationPersonality/Self/SubjectivitySex, Sexuality, and Gender Roles: The Creation of Subject PositionsStructural Violence and Social TraumaIndividual Psychology and Context6. Social Relationships: Marriage, Family, Kinship, and FriendshipMarriageFamily StructureFamilies and ChangeKinship and Systems of Relatedness: Ways of Organizing Human InterdependenceBeyond KinshipTheories of Relatedness: Kin-Based and Non-Kin-Based Societies7. Making a LivingCulture and LivelihoodSubsistence StrategiesPhases of Economic ActivityDistribution and ExchangeProductionConsumptionA Dialectic between the Meaningful and the Material8. Play, Art, Myth, and RitualPlayArtMythRitualCombining Play, Art, Myth, and Ritual9. States of Being in Wellness and IllnessBeyond the Science - Tradition DivideIntegrated Approaches and Holism in Medical AnthropologyCultural Interpretations and Labels of Illness and DiseaseEnvironments and Well-BeingHealth Care Delivery SystemsEpidemiologyBeing Applied10. World ViewThe Role of Metaphor, Metonymy, and SymbolKey MetaphorsReligionWorld Views in Operation: Two Case StudiesMaintaining and Changing a World ViewWorld Views as Instruments of PowerReligion and SecularismPart Three: Organization of Life: Local to Global11. Social Organization and PowerVarieties of Social OrganizationThe Search for the Laws of Social OrganizationThe Power to ActPower as an Independent EntityThe Power of the ImaginationHistory as a Prototype of and for Political ActionNegotiating the Meaning of History12. Inequality in the Contemporary WorldClassCasteRaceEthnicityNation and Nationalism13. A Global WorldViews of the Political EconomyCultural Processes in a Global WorldGlobalization and the Nation-StateHuman Rights, Globalization, and the Language of Social JusticeCultural Imperialism, Cultural Hybridization, and Cosmopolitanism14. Applying Anthropology in Everyday LifeAnthropology in the World at LargeTwo Examples of Practical ApplicationsAnthropology and PolicyAnthropology and the Challenges of Global CitizenshipAwareness and UncertaintyFreedom and Constraint

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"Robin Dods has done a fantastic job in showing the great variety of research being done by Canadian anthropologists and anthropologists at Canadian universities. . . . The explanations of cultural practices are robust and nuanced, the structure / agency balance is good, and there issubstantial contemporary material." --Pamela Stern, Simon Fraser University