|About the book|
Written by a renowned researcher and teacher, and noted for its scholarship and clarity of writing style, this comprehensive text continues to be one of the most concise, coherent introductions to cultural anthropology. This eighth edition has been rewritten at the sentence level, incorporating many suggestions from users of previous editions, prepublication reviewers of this edition, and students. It retains its solid coverage of anthropology's core - exposing students to its nature, scope, and its roles as a science and as a humanities field
|About the author|
Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968. He served as Anthropology Department chair from 1996 to 2006. In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan. In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. In 1999 the America Anthropological Association awarded Professor Kottak the AAA/Mayfield Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.
Professor Kottak has done ethnographic fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. Conrad Kottak's articles have appeared in academic journals including American Anthropologist, Journal of Anthropological Research, American Ethnologist, Ethnology, Human Organization, and Luso-Brazilian Review. He has also written for more popular journals, including Transaction/SOCIETY, Natural History, Psychology Today, and General Anthropology.
In recent research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.
Recently, Kottak was inducted to The National Academy of Sciences. This is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.
|Table of contents|
Chapter 1: The Scope of Anthropology
Chapter 2: Field Methods
Chapter 3: Culture
Chapter 4: Language and Communication
Chapter 5: Ethnicity
Chapter 6: Race
Chapter 7: Making a Living
Chapter 8: Kinship and Descent
Chapter 9: Political Systems
Chapter 10: Marriage
Chapter 11: Gender
Chapter 12: Religion
Chapter 13: The Arts
Chapter 14: The Modern World System
Chapter 15: Colonialism and Development
Chapter 16: Cultural Exchange and Survival
Chapter 17: Applied Anthropology
Appendix: American Popular Culture