Inside Cultures: A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

2nd Edition

William Balee

Published April 18, 2016
Textbook - 340 Pages
ISBN 9781629582559 - CAT# Y266015

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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


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