Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology
Published: June 2019© 2019
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 352 Pages
Illustrations: 63 colour illustrations
Dimensions: 8.00 x 10.00
352 Pages, 8.00 x 10.00 x 0.75 in, 63 colour illustrations
Addressing important and timely topics, including global climate change and the #MeToo movement, Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology is a fresh and contemporary textbook designed to engage students in the world surrounding them. The book offers a sustained focus on language, food, and sustainability in an inclusive format that is sensitive to issues of gender, sexuality, and race. Integrating personal stories from her own fieldwork, the author brings her passion for transformative learning to students in a way that is both timely and thought-provoking.
Beautifully illustrated with over sixty full-color images, including comics and maps, the text brings concepts to life in a way sure to resonate with undergraduate readers. Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology is supplemented by a full suite of instructor and student supports that can be accessed at lensofculturalanthropology.com.
List of Illustrations
List of Boxes
About the Author
Note to Instructors
Note to Students
1. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction: The Lens of Cultural Anthropology?
The Culture Concept
The Field of Anthropology
A Brief History of Anthropological Thought
Anthropology and Colonialism
The Importance of Cultural Anthropology Today
2. Studying Contemporary Culture
Introduction: Studying Culture
What Are the Parts of Culture?
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
Cultural Adaptation and Maladaptation
The Functions of Culture
Fieldwork Methods and Ethics
3. Race and Ethnicity
Introduction: Is Race Real?
Human Race Is Not Biological
Biocultural Connections: Prejudice and Health
History of the Race Concept
The Privilege of Fair Skin
Discrimination Based on Caste
Introduction: Language and Culture
Definition of Language
Language and Communication: Signs and Symbols
What Does a Linguistic Anthropologist Do?
Communication beyond Words
Language Use in the Digital Age
Introduction: Food-Getting Practices
Adaptive Strategies: Food Foragers and Food Producers
Food Producers: Horticulturalists
Food Producers: Pastoralists
Food Producers: Industrialism
Globalization of Food
The Human Diet
6. Economic Resources
Introduction: Who Gets What and How?
What Drives Economic Decisions?
Production: Making the Things People Need and Want
Distribution: How People Get the Things They Need and Want
Consumption: How People Use the Things They Need and Want
7. Marriage and Family
Introduction: Marriage and Family
Spouses: How Many and Who Is Eligible?
Family Residence Patterns
Marriage as Economic Exchange
8. Gender and Sexuality
Introduction: Social Roles Based on Sex and Gender
Defining Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
Masculine and Feminine
Gendered Body Modifications
9. Politics and Power
Introduction: Politics and Power
Power, Authority, and Prestige
Social Controls and Conflict Resolution
Types of Political Organization
Violence and War
Introduction: Religion as a Symbolic System
Reasons for Supernatural Belief Systems
Supernatural Beliefs and Cultural Expression
11. Illness and Healing
Introduction: Studying Concepts of Illness and Healing
Cultural Concepts of Healing
12. Anthropology and Sustainability
Introduction: Anthropology and Sustainability
History of Human-Environment Issues
Anthropological Approaches to Sustainability Studies
Issues in Sustainability Studies
How Can Anthropologists Help?
"Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology is a terrific introductory anthropology textbook—and one that I intend to adopt. The lively, engaging, and current tone reflects González’s substantial experience working with students at this level. González’s presence throughout the book is helpful and fun. Students will read this book with an interest in its contemporary topics, an appreciation for its careful presentation, and an enthusiasm for its style!"Thomas McIlwraith, University of Guelph
"Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology is an excellent resource for introductory courses. It offers a comprehensive overview of the field in an engaging, highly readable style. Compelling examples and an emphasis on food and sustainability make the immediate relevance of anthropology clear. It’s wonderful to see a textbook that reflects such thoughtful understanding of the needs of both students and instructors, and I highly recommend it."Angela C. Jenks, University of California, Irvine
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