Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology 7th Edition by Robert H. Lavenda, ISBN-13: 978-0190924751


Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology 7th Edition by Robert H. Lavenda, ISBN-13: 978-0190924751

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  • Publisher: ‎ Oxford University Press; 7th edition (March 14, 2019)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0190924756
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0190924751

Designed for courses that make extensive use of ethnographies and other supplementary readings, this is a concise introduction to the basic ideas and practices of contemporary cultural anthropology. Not a standard textbook, Core Concepts in Cultural Anthropology, Seventh Edition, offers an elaborated discussion of the key terms and concepts that anthropologists use in their work. The book prepares students to read ethnographies more effectively and with greater understanding.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1. Anthropology

1.1 An Anthropological Perspective

1.2 The Subfields of Anthropology

1.3 Is Anthropology a Science? Modernism, Postmodernism, and Beyond

1.4 Reflexive Anthropology

1.5 Moral Anthropology

Chapter 2. Culture

2.1 Culture Against Racism: The Early Twentieth Century

2.2 The Evolution of Culture

2.3 Culture and Symbolism

2.4 Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism

2.5 The Boundaries of Culture?

2.6 The Concept of Culture in a Global World: Problems and Practices

2.7 Culture: Contemporary Discussion and Debate

2.8 Culture: A Contemporary Consensus

Chapter 3. Meaning-Making and Language

3.1 Making Meaning

3.2 Studying Language: A Historical Sketch

3.3 The Building Blocks of Language

3.4 Language and Culture

3.5 Language and Society

3.6 Discourse

3.7 Language Contact and Change

3.8 Meaning-Making and Art

3.9 The Anthropology of Media and the Arts

Chapter 4. Worldview and Religion

4.1 Religion

4.2 Myth

4.3 Ritual

4.4 Magic and Witchcraft

4.5 Religious Practitioners

4.6 Change in Religious Systems

4.7 Secularism, Fundamentalism, and New Religious Movements

Chapter 5. The Dimensions of Social Organization

5.1 What Is Social Organization?

5.2 Dimensions of Social Organization

5.3 Caste and Class

5.4 Race

5.5 Ethnicity

Chapter 6. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

6.1 Sex, Gender, and Feminism in the Twentieth Century

6.2 Sex, Gender, Race, and Class

6.3 Gender Performativity

6.4 Theoretical Diversity in Studies of Sex and Gender

6.5 Sex, Gender, and the Body

6.6 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

6.7 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Ethnographic Context

Chapter 7. Relatedness: Kinship, Marriage, Family, and Friendship

7.1 Kinship Versus Biology

7.2 Descent

7.3 Bilateral Descent

7.4 Unilineal Descent

7.5 Kinship Terminologies

7.6 What Is Marriage?

7.7 Whom to Marry and Where to Live

7.8 How Many Spouses?

7.9 Marriage as Alliance

7.10 Family

7.11 Divorce

7.12 Friendship

Chapter 8. Political Anthropology

8.1 Power

8.2 Political Ecology and Political Economy

8.3 Disputes and Dispute Resolution

8.4 Forms of Political Organization

8.5 Social Stratification

8.6 Forms of Political Activity

8.7 Social Control and Law

8.8 Nationalism and Hegemony

Chapter 9. Economic Anthropology

9.1 The “Arts of Subsistence”

9.2 Subsistence Strategies

9.3 Explaining the Material Life Processes of Society

9.4 Modes of Exchange

9.5 Production, Distribution, and Consumption

9.6 Mode of Production

9.7 Peasants

9.8 Consumption

9.9 The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

Chapter 10. Globalization

10.1 The Cultural Legacy of Colonialism

10.2 Analyzing Sociocultural Change in the Postcolonial World

10.3 Globalization

10.4 The Cultural Effects of Contact

10.5 Globalization, Citizenship, and Human Rights

10.6 Global Assemblages

Chapter 11. The Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Medicine

11.1 Science and Anthropology

11.2 Anthropology, Science, and Technology

11.3 The Anthropology of Medicine

11.4 Human Health in Evolutionary Context

11.5 Human Health and Nutrition

11.6 Health and Human Reproduction

11.7 Sickness and Health in the Global Capitalist Economy

Chapter 12. Theory in Cultural Anthropology

12.1 Anthropology as Science

12.2 Nineteenth-Century Approaches

12.3 Early-Twentieth-Century Approaches

12.4 Mid-Twentieth-Century Approaches

12.5 Late-Twentieth-Century Debates

12.6 New Directions in the Twenty-First Century

Appendix: Reading Ethnography

The Parts of an Ethnography

The Use of Indigenous and Local Terms

The Photographs

Why Are You Reading This Ethnography (and How Should You Read It)?



Robert H. Lavenda is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University.

Emily A. Schultz is Professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University.

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