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Published: 31 August 2018

416 Pages | 145

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190878078

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Asking Questions About Cultural Anthropology

A Concise Introduction

Second Edition

Robert L. Welsch and Luis A. Vivanco

Unlike textbooks that emphasize the memorization of facts, Asking Questions About Cultural Anthropology: A Concise Introduction, Second Edition, teaches students how to think anthropologically, helping them view cultural issues as an anthropologist might. This approach demonstrates how anthropological thinking can be used as a tool for deciphering everyday experiences. The book covers the essential concepts, terms, and history of cultural anthropology, introducing students to the widely accepted fundamentals and providing a foundation that can be enriched by the use of ethnographies, a reader, articles, lectures, field-based activities, and other kinds of supplements. It balances concise coverage of essential content with a commitment to an active, learner-centered pedagogy.

New to this Edition:

  • A new Chapter 9 explores how culturally shaped ideas about race, ethnicity, and class affect peoples' lives and experiences
  • A thoroughly revised Chapter 14 on material culture explores how and why objects have meaning and power in various cultural contexts
  • New thematic boxes
  • New chapter-opening stories drawn from current events, including the Syrian refugee crisis (Chapter 5) and the importance of social networks to entrepreneurs in China (Chapter 7)
  • New coverage of key topics throughout
  • A new epilogue
  • Now in full color, at the same affordable price

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