The objective of this book remains to introduce cultural anthropology to readers with limited background in the subject. Material is presented in a unified framework rather than as an encyclopedia of anthropological concepts and findings or a series of subtopics. Cultural Anthropology, Third Edition is based on the central theme that individuals are active decision-makers, continually involved in creating and using their culture. Faced with new problems and new situations in their environment, people will often attempt to find solutions that go beyond traditional customs and cultural prescriptions. It also stresses the importance of placing humans in a wider evolutionary context. For anyone interested in learning about Cultural Anthropology.
Second edition of a textbook providing an overview of the field for undergraduates and readers with little background in the subject. Sections include the realm of anthropology, adaptive patterns, and cultural diversity, which encompasses such topics as culture and language, foraging, and religious belief and ritual. Presents case studies, and addresses ethical, gender, and other contemporary issues. Each chapter includes key terms and suggested readings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.