Cultural Anthropology provides students with the anthropological tools to question and understand their own culture and the world. Key updates for the sixth edition include a shorter length and more streamlined focus, China and Hindu South Asia combined into a single chapter, a new chapter assessing imperialism and the breakdown of states, and more.
John H. Bodley is Regents Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. He is author of several books, including Victims of Progress and Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, both now in sixth editions, as well as The Power of Scale and The Small Nation Solution.
Preface Acknowledgments Part I. Introduction 1. Adventures in the Field: Episode One 2. Culture: A Scale & Power Perspective Part II. The Tribal World: Before the State 3. Australian Aborigines: Mobile Foragers for 50,000 Years 4. Native Amazonians: Villagers of the Rain Forest 5. African Cattle Peoples: Tribal Pastoralists 6. Tribal World Mind, Body, and Soul: Cross-Cultural Perspectives Part III. The Imperial World: The End of Equality 7. Pacific Islanders: From Leaders to Rulers 8. Ancient Empires: Elite Power in Mesopotamia & the Andes 9. Asian Great Traditions: Ideological Foundations 10. Scale Limits: The Breakdown of States Part IV. The Commercial Global System 11. Europe and the Commercial World 12. American Plutocracy: Capitalism in the United States Part V. Conclusions 13. An Unsustainable & Impoverished World 14. Envisioning a Sustainable World Glossary Bibliography Index About the Author