This concise, contemporary, and inexpensive option for instructors of cultural anthropology breaks away from the traditional structure of introductory textbooks. Emphasizing the interaction between humans and their environment, the tension between human universals and cultural variation, and the impacts of colonialism on traditional cultures, Inside Cultures shows students how cultural anthropology can help us understand the complex, globalized world around us. This second edition:
includes brand new material on a variety of subjects, including genomic studies, race and racism, cross-cultural issues of gender identity, terrorism and ethnography, and business anthropology;
presents updated and enhanced discussions of medical anthropology, European colonialism and disease, the Atlantic slave trade, and much more;
offers personal stories of the author's fieldwork in Amazonia, sidebars illustrating fascinating cases of cultures in action, and other pedagogical elements such as timelines;
is written is clear, supple prose that delights readers while informing them
William Balee is Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. He has taught cultural anthropology at Tulane since 1991. He received a Ph.D. (1984) degrees in anthropology from Columbia University. His doctoral dissertation was based on fieldwork he carried out among the Tupi-speaking Ka'apor Indians of the eastern Brazilian Amazon. He has continued to do fieldwork among the Ka'apor ever since, as well as among other indigenous lowland South American societies elsewhere in Brazil and in the tropical and subtropical forest regions of Bolivia and Argentina. He is the author of Footprints of the Forest: Ka'apor Ethnobotany: The Historical Ecology of Plant Utilization by an Amazonian People (1994), which won the Mary Klinger Award from the Society for Economic Botany. His other books include Resource Management in Amazonia: Indigenous and Folk Strategies (co-edited with D.A. Posey, 1989), Advances in Historical Ecology (edited, 1998), Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands (co-edited with C.L. Erickson, 2006), and A Brief Introduction to Historical Ecology (forthcoming in 2016, Routledge). He co-edits the New Frontiers in Historical Ecology Series for Routledge.
1. The Study of Us 2. Sociocultural Universals 3. Cultural Variation 4. Where Anthropology Comes From 5. Contemporary Theory and Method 6. Social Organization 7. Politics and Power 8. Ecology, Landscape and Culture 9. Colonialism and the World System 10. Collapse and Change 11. Applications of Cultural Anthropology 12. Globalization and Indigeneity 13. Concluding Remarks