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Anthropology Unbound: A Field Guide to the 21st Century

Second Edition

E. Paul Durrenberger and Suzan Erem

Publication Date - 30 January 2010

ISBN: 9780199945870

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An anthropological way of understanding our own society and the world at large


The first edition of the widely popular Anthropology Unbound prepared readers to see how the dynamics of Western economies were rapidly becoming unsustainable. This updated edition takes readers into the heart of the economic meltdown as it explains the many recent world events it had predicted. With the unique perspective of anthropology, this book offers a wider view of the present financial crisis-as well as pathways out of it. It describes the latest studies of fundamentalism, Al-Qaeda, and American culture, inviting students into an anthropological way of understanding our own society and the world at large.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2012
January 2007

Table of Contents

    Preface for Instructors
    Introduction, or How to Read This Book
    Prologue: In the Beginning

    Chapter 1: Science Basics
    Chapter 2: People are Primates
    Chapter 3: Human Variation: Race and Gender
    Chapter 4: Language
    Chapter 5: How We Think about Kinship
    Chapter 6: Ecological Systems
    Chapter 7: An Anthropological Approach to Economics
    Chapter 8: Political Systems
    Chapter 9: Stratifications without a State: Medieval Iceland
    Chapter 10: How States Work
    Chapter 11: The Anthropology of Religion
    Chapter 12: Political Economy
    Chapter 13: Class
    Chapter 14: Back to the Land
    Chapter 15: Global Processes, Local Systems
    Chapter 16: Connecting the People to the System
    Chapter 17: The End is Near

    About the Authors