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Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach, 2nd Edition

  • Richard H. Robbins
  • Sherri N. Larkin
  • 130034
  • Karen McGarry
  • ISBN-10: 0176502726
  • ISBN-13: 9780176502720
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Encourage a critical mindset and active, global citizenship with Robbins/Cummings/Larkin/McGarry’s ' unique Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach, 2Ce. Using a hands-on, participatory, active-learning approach that promotes inquiry and discussion, this leading brief text introduces key research problems studied by anthropologists. Within the book's engaging narrative, the authors teach students to analyze their own culture as a basis for understanding the cultures of others. Presentations are organized around penetrating, provocative questions rather than topics, creating a natural, integrated discussion of foundational social issues such as kinship, caste, gender roles, and religion and pressing social issues such as the impact of neoliberalism and globalization. Students explore these subjects within the context of meaningful questions. The text's brief length provides the flexibility to add original research or ethnographies to enrich students' exposure to anthropology.

Features

  • Takes a problem-based approach, promoting critical thinking and active learning through questions, exercises, case studies, and simulations, all of which are sprinkled throughout the text. This approach inspires a questioning mindset with students, encouraging them to think critically about their immediate surroundings and the world.

  • Provides exercises, problems, and questions throughout each chapter, allowing students to apply the concepts covered. This pedagogy invites classroom discussions, critical-thinking assignments, and online group interaction.

  • Provides numerous comparisons of world cultures with Canadian cultures, to encourage students to recognize their own cultural perspectives.

  • Focuses on the social construction of culture through multiple cross-cultural examples.

  • Focuses on the work of Canadian anthropologists with the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.

About the Author

Richard H. Robbins

Richard H. Robbins is a distinguished teaching professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. His teaching interests include courses on global problems, utopian societies, comparative religion, the anthropology of food, and activist anthropology. He has conducted research among indigenous peoples of Canada and fishing communities in northeastern New Brunswick. His recent books Include Debt as Power (with Tim DiMuzio); Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, Sixth Edition; Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation (With Mark Cohen); and Globalization and the Environment (with Gary Kroll). Professor Robbins is the recipient of the 2005 American Anthropological Association/McGraw-Hill award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

130034

Maggie Cummings has taught cultural anthropology to over 4000 students cumulatively at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, over the past five years.She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from York University, and she specializes in socio-cultural anthropology, gender and sexualities, embodiment, morality, consumption, popular culture, race and modernities, and also Melanesia. Maggie was nominated by the Department of Social Sciences for the UTSC Faculty Teaching Award, 2008–2009.

Karen McGarry

Karen McGarry completed her Ph.D. at York University in 2004; she is the course director of anthropology at Trent University, and she also teaches at York University. Her areas of research include cultural anthropology of expressive culture, performance, and sport, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, mass media, visual and performance arts; spectacle and popular culture; globalization and nationalism; and material culture theory and interpretation. Karen has taught cultural anthropology to over 2000 students cumulatively at York and Trent. The author team know their audience—first year students in undergraduate and college programs—and they write for them.

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Culture and Meaning
Chapter 2: The Meaning of Progress and Development
Chapter 3: The Social and Cultural Construction of Reality
Chapter 4: Patterns of Family Relationships
Chapter 5: The Cultural Construction of Identity
Chapter 6: The Cultural Construction of Social Hierarchy
Chapter 7: Globalization, Neoliberalism, and the Nation-State
Chapter 8: The Cultural Construction of Conflict and Violence

New to this edition

  • Chapter 3 (“The Social Construction of the Nation-State) in the first Canadian edition has become Chapter 7 in the second Canadian edition; the chapter has been expanded and renamed “Globalization, Neoliberalism, and the Nation-State.”
  • Map program supports geographical literacy and orients students to the places and communities discussed in the text.
  • Four-colour art program brings the discipline to life.
  • Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter can be used as assignments, for classroom or online discussion.
  • New to Chapter 1: Explicit discussion is included of what makes anthropology unique among the social sciences and why an anthropological perspective might be important inside and outside the academy. The chapter also contains a new question (1.2), “How Do Anthropologists Study Anthropology?” This section includes an expanded discussion of fieldwork and the culture concept within the context of late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century anthropology and the pioneering work of anthropologists like Bronislaw Malinowski. It goes on to outline how fieldwork has changed over the past century (including, for example, discussions of the multi-sited ethnography and virtual communities).

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

CourseMate 6-months Printed Access Card for Robbins, Cultural Anthropology, Second Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 017655565X | ISBN-13: 9780176555658)

Nelson Education’s Cultural Anthropology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning and exam preparation tools that integrate with the printed textbook. Students activate their knowledge through quizzes, games, and flashcards, among many other tools.

CourseMate 6-months Instant Access for Robbins, Cultural Anthropology, Second Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176555625 | ISBN-13: 9780176555627)

Nelson Education’s Cultural Anthropology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning and exam preparation tools that integrate with the printed textbook. Students activate their knowledge through quizzes, games, and flashcards, among many other tools.

NETA Enriched Instructor's Resource CD for Cultural Anthroplogy 2ce: A Problem-Based Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176662413 | ISBN-13: 9780176662417)

Key instructor ancillaries are provided on the Instructor’s Resource CD, giving instructors the ultimate tool for customizing lectures and presentations. Resources include a NETA Enriched Instructor's Manual, NETA Test Bank, NETA Presentation PowerPoints, Day One Slides and an Image Library.

Student Supplements

CourseMate 6-months Printed Access Card for Robbins, Cultural Anthropology, Second Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 017655565X | ISBN-13: 9780176555658)

Nelson Education’s Cultural Anthropology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning and exam preparation tools that integrate with the printed textbook. Students activate their knowledge through quizzes, games, and flashcards, among many other tools.

CourseMate 6-months Instant Access for Robbins, Cultural Anthropology, Second Canadian Edition  (ISBN-10: 0176555625 | ISBN-13: 9780176555627)

Nelson Education’s Cultural Anthropology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning and exam preparation tools that integrate with the printed textbook. Students activate their knowledge through quizzes, games, and flashcards, among many other tools.