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Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age + Digital Product License Key Folder with eBook, InQuizitive, Online Activites, and Videos, 3rd Edition

  • Kenneth J. Guest
  • ISBN-10: 0393420140
  • ISBN-13: 9780393420142
  • 0 Pages | Best Buy Package
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Give students the tools to engage the big issues of our time. From the book’s signature “toolkit” approach to the new chapter on the Environment and Sustainability to the accompanying videos and interactive learning tools, all aspects of Ken Guest’s Essentials of Cultural Anthropology work together to inspire students to use the tools of anthropology to see the world in a new way and to come to class prepared to have richer, more meaningful discussions about the big issues of our time. Are there more than two genders? How do white people experience race? What defines a family? Is there such a thing as a “natural” disaster? What causes some people to be wealthy while others live in poverty?


  • Helps students apply anthropology’s tools and skills to the world around them Ken Guest brings an anthropological approach and an analytical eye to familiar examples, challenging students to rethink aspects of everyday life that they might take for granted: Are there more than two genders? How do white people experience race? What defines a family?

  • Shows how anthropology illuminates the biggest issues of our time Global economic inequality, environmental change, racial discord, shifting notions of sexuality, gender, and power—these are the issues that students come to class asking questions about. More than any other text, Essentials of Cultural Anthropology: A Toolkit for a Global Age places these issues front and center and shows students how anthropology can provide insights that lead to deeper understanding and social change.

  • Every chapter is grounded in ethnography Guest consistently uses ethnography to illuminate key ideas while other books merely present concepts and definitions with little context. By summarizing dozens of ethnographies in the text (with more than 10 new in this edition), Guest shows students that ethnography is the central tool in the anthropologist’s toolkit. Essentials of Cultural Anthropology incorporates new ethnographies from contemporary researchers.

  • Resources that ensure reading and preparation for class Essentials of Cultural Anthropology features a complete collection of resources to ensure that students get the most out of the textbook and come to class ready to engage in meaningful discussion, all accessible from your campus’ learning management system. This edition features new “Practicing Ethnography” online activities which focus on skills students need to read and engage in ethnographic fieldwork.

Table of Contents

Part 1:  Anthropology for the 21st Century

1. Anthropology in a Global Age

2. Culture

3. Fieldwork and Ethnography

4. Language

Part 2:  Unmasking the Structures of Power

5. Race and Racism

6. Ethnicity and Nationalism

7. Gender

8. Sexuality

9. Kinship, Family, and Marriage

Part 3:  Change in the Modern World

10. The Global Economy

11. Environment and Sustainability

12. Politics and Power

13. Religion

14. Health and Illness

15. Arts and Media