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Ninth Edition

Serena Nanda, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and Richard L. Warms, Southwest Texas State University

A broad, balanced, and enthusiastic approach to cultural anthropology

Renowned for its outstanding integration of rich ethnographies into the core text, Cultural Anthropology enriches your students' understanding of the globally interconnected world in which we live, the human past and present, and the unity and diversity that characterize the human species. Now with the new Ninth Edition, authors Serena Nanda and Richard L. Warms continue to bring you engaging and unsurpassed coverage of cultures from around the world. Nanda and Warms are known for their accessible writing style as well as their emphasis on issues of gender, stratification, ethnicity, globalization, and contemporary issues. Their best-selling text introduces fundamental concepts, theories, methods, data, and references in an accessible presentation that is both exciting and informative. This comprehensive revision integrates the most recent research as well as high-interest student features such as Anthropology Makes a Difference boxes and Global Perspectives essays that capture a key message of the text: the study of anthropology is important because it builds cultural awareness and understanding that help develop informed citizens. "I have used this book before and would use it again. The inclusion of global, contemporary research and anthropological perspectives is exceptionally good." ­ Larry L. Naylor University of North Texas

512 pages. 8 x 10. Paperbound. 4-color. ©2007. ISBN: 0-534-61706-9.


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PART I: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1. Anthropology and Human Diversity 2. Human Evolution 3. Doing Cultural Anthropology 4. The Idea of Culture 5. Language PART II: Families in Society 6. Making a Living 7. Economics 8. Marriage, Family, and Domestic Groups 9. Kinship PART III: Equalities and Inequalities 10. Gender 11. Political Organization 12. Stratification: Class and Caste 13. Stratification: "Race" and Ethnicity PART IV: Symbols and Meanings 14. Religion 15. Anthropology and the Arts PART V: Culture Change 16. Culture Change and the Modern World Appendix: A Brief Historcial Guide to Anthropological Theory



The text's streamlined design includes updated details on maps and many new and well-chosen photos (nearly 150 photos included in all) to help students relate to the material presented and think further about the text's critical points. All photographs have explanatory captions identifying their source and linking them with the text. Chapter opening vignettes pique students' interest and provide a framework for understanding material in the chapter. This "teaser" concludes with a cross-reference to a more extended discussion of the ethnographic topic later in the chapter. Ethnographic examples are used extensively within the main narrative of the text. In addition, Ethnography boxes further engage students and encourage them to analyze and question their own cultures. These studies raise important philosophical issues, relate the information to issues in North American cultures, and tie in to ethnographic information presented in the chapter. Two to three Questions for Critical Thought accompany each Ethnography feature and can be assigned and integrated into your syllabi. Global Perspective and Ethnography boxed features now include more United States-based examples on topics such as "The American Meat Packing Industry" and "Homelessness in the United States." Chapter 3, "Doing Cultural Anthropology," now includes broader coverage of approaches to balance coverage of postmodernism & feminism and an expanded discussion of anthropological ethics.

Material on learning culture throughout life (formerly Chapter 6) is now integrated into the chapters covering gender and family. Chapter 8, "Marriage, Family, and Domestic Groups," includes a substantial new ethnographic piece on the Na of China. This ethnographic example explores whether marriage can truly be considered a human universal. Chapter 12, "Stratification: Class and Caste," includes a completely updated and revised section on social class in America. This chapter also includes two new ethnographic features, one on credit card debt and a second on inequality in China. Chapter 14, "Religion" adds new boxes on fundamentalism and cargo cults. There's also new content on religion and health, Wicca, and the globalization of religion in the United States. Chapter 15, "Anthropology and the Arts," features new ethnographic sections on Japanese popular culture of anime and manga. The authors also include a discussion of art and personal identity through the work of Frida Kahlo and an expanded section on prehistoric cave art. Chapter 16, "Culture Change and the Modern World," has new information on mercantilism and capitalism. There is a greater emphasis on the transfer of wealth and the creation of the world system. New pieces explore the role of multinational corporations and the boycott of Nike. This chapter also features a new ending looking to the future and the role of anthropology in the world.


Seven key themes are used to organize the book: 1) culture as a tool for understanding human behavior; 2) ethnography; 3) contemporary issues; 4) gender; 5) equalities and inequalities; 6) global connections; and 7) American culture. For those who wish to add coverage of human evolution, Chapter 2. "Human Evolution" covers Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection and the issues underlying the cultural debate over its acceptance. Also covered are modern primates, human variation, and the fossil record. Anthropology Makes a Difference boxed features provide integrated coverage of applied anthropology throughout the text. These boxes explore the future of anthropology as a discipline, show its usefulness in addressing real world issues today, and encourage students to consider a degree in anthropology by citing examples from the field. Each box illustrates examples of applied anthropology in areas such as medicine, forensics, development, and advocacy--and in turn asserts the importance of anthropology in the real world. Global Perspective essays vividly illustrate the connections between cultures and challenge the stereotype of isolated cultures. These brief sections raise issues in novel ways that cause students to think about the degree to which all people and cultures are interconnected. A running glossary at the bottom of each page defines terms as they are introduced. An appendix on major anthropological theories is also included to help students gain critical perspective on the field. Chapter 13, "Stratification: `Race' and Ethnicity," explores ethnicity and its cultural meanings and important social consequences. The extensive discussions of hot topics include the construction of race and ethnicity and the nation state, modern day ethnic tensions, the relationship of indigenous peoples with the nation state, and the relationship between ethnicity and immigration to the United States.

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Transform your classroom and assess your students' progress with instant in-class quizzes and polls! Thomson Wadsworth is pleased to offer you bookspecific JoinInTM content for Student Classroom Response Systems tailored to Cultural Anthropology. Our agreement to offer TurningPoint® software lets you pose book-specific and/or general questions on cultural anthropology, provided for you on our content CD-ROM. Additionally, you can choose to create your own custom questions. All of these question types display students' answers seamlessly within the Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides of your own lecture, in conjunction with the "clicker" hardware of your choice. Enhance how your students interact with you, your lecture, and each other. Contact your Thomson representative for more information about JoinIn on TurningPoint and our exclusive infrared or radio frequency hardware solutions.

Visual Anthropology 0-534-56651-0

From Documentary Educational Resources and Wadsworth, this 60minute video features clips from over 30 new and classic anthropological films. It is a highly effective and engaging lecture launcher. Wadsworth also offers you a Visual Guide to Anthropology to accompany this valuable resource (see below).

A Guide to Visual Anthropology 0-534-53932-7

by Jayasinhji Jhala. This valuable booklet provides complete listing and information for over 50 videos, including full descriptions, discussion questions, and annotations on how to use the Visual Anthropology video effectively in teaching cultural anthropology.

Wadsworth Anthropology Video Library

Qualified adopters may select full-length videos from an extensive library of excellent video sources drawn from Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

Multimedia Manager for Anthropology 0-495-09466-8

With this one-stop digital library and presentation tool, you can assemble, edit, and present custom lectures with ease. The Multimedia Manager contains figures, tables, graphs, and maps from this text, pre-assembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides, anthropology-related videos, the Instructor's Manual, and more.

AIDS in Africa DVD 0-495-17183-2

Thomson Wadsworth is pleased to offer these award-winning films for instructors for use in class. The AIDS in Africa documentary series focuses on the new democracy of Namibia and the many actions that are being taken to control HIV/AIDS. Included are four documentary films created by the Project Pericles scholars at Elon University: 1) Young Struggles, Eternal Faith focuses on caregivers in the faith community; 2) The Shining Lights of Opuwo shows how young people share their messages of hope through song and dance; 3) The Measure of Our Humanity: HIV/AIDS in Namibia deals with poverty and the nation's struggles; and 4) Anita & Irja: Women of Courage is a story of two HIV-positive women and their acts of courage that help other women learn to survive.

ABC Videos

Launch your lectures with exciting video clips from the award-winning news coverage of ABC. Addressing topics covered in a typical course, these videos are divided into short segments--perfect for introducing key concepts in contexts relevant to students' lives.

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ThomsonNOWTM for Cultural Anthropology

This powerful online tool provides students with a personalized, custom study plan based on a comprehensive set of assessments--and gives you the ability to track their progress. ThomsonNOW for Cultural Anthropology helps students succeed in your cultural anthropology course. This easy-to-use web-based program provides students with a Personalized Study Plan based on student responses to an online Pretest. The Personalized Study Plan provides students with a road map to interactive learning tools such as visual images, video exercises with questions, learning modules and animations, and a eBook to help them master the material. After the Personalized Study Plan has been reviewed, students can then take a Post-test to monitor their progress in learning each chapter's key concepts. You can package access to ThomsonNOW for Cultural Anthropology with the text at no additional cost to the student; use ISBN 0-495-20147-2.

Study Guide 0-495-12889-9 Packaged with the text: 0-495-24386-8

Each chapter of this helpful Study Guide includes learning objectives; detailed chapter outlines; multiplechoice, true/false, short answer, and essay practice questions; and Internet and InfoTrac College Edition exercises for students to test and apply their knowledge of chapter concepts, terms, and key people.

The Anthropology of Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 0-534-59436-0 Packaged with the text: 0-495-24384-1

Harriet Ottenheimer's The Anthropology of Language provides a compelling and accessible introduction to the field of linguistic anthropology. The text stresses contemporary issues and the applied dimensions of linguistic anthropology, making it an ideal book for entry-level students as well as anyone with a budding interest in the field.

Wadsworth's Anthropology Resource Center

This website provides students with extended learning materials to reinforce understanding of key concepts in the four fields of Anthropology. Each section of the resource center includes dynamic exercises including video exercises, map exercises, simulations, and Meet the Scientists interviews on new research. The site also provides access to breaking news and "applying anthropology" to make learning the material a more interactive experience. Within each section, there are critical thinking questions that can be assigned and e-mailed to you for grading. Access to this site can be packaged at no additional cost with new books. In addition, the Book Companion Website features a rich array of teaching and learning resources that you won't find anywhere else. This outstanding site features the following resources for each chapter of the text: tutorial quizzes, InfoTrac® College Edition exercises, web links, flashcards, and crossword puzzles. And for instructors, pre-assembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides and the Instructor's Manual are also available.

Challenging Gender Norms: The Five Genders of Indonesia 0-495-09280-0 Packaged with the text: 0-495-24385-X

This case study by Sharyn Graham explores the Bugis ethnic group, native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which recognizes five gender categories rather than the two acknowledged in most societies. The Bugis acknowledge three sexes (female, male, hermaphrodite), four genders (women, men, calabai, and calalai), and a fifth meta-gender group, the bissu.


Neither Man Nor Woman: The Hijras of India, Second Edition 0-534-50903-7 Packaged with the text: 0-495-24382-5

By Serena Nanda, this ethnography provides a cultural study of the Hijras of India, a religious community of men who dress and act like women. It focuses on how Hijras can be used in the study of gender categories and human sexual variation.

Case Studies

Enhance your students' awareness of diverse cultures and global issues with a Wadsworth Case Study, available to package with your text at no additional cost to your students. Our Case Study program features brief titles on compelling topics. Contact your Thomson representative or visit us online at anthropology to learn more.

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Package this text with access to InfoTrac® College Edition at no additional charge, and you give your students anytime, anywhere access to reliable resources. This fully searchable database offers full-text articles (not abstracts), such as top academic journals, newsletters, and up-to-theminute periodicals including American Anthropologist, Economic Development and Social Change, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, Science, and USA Today. In addition, students have instant access to InfoWrite. To take a quick tour of InfoTrac College Edition, visit (Journals subject to change. Certain restrictions may apply. For additional information, please consult your local Thomson representative.)

Globalization and Change in Fifteen Cultures: Born in One World, Living in Another 0-534-63648-9

Featuring the work of 15 anthropologists, this anthology includes reports on a field site that is to some extent familiar (with it's distinctive cultural characteristics recognizable) and yet is at the same time changed, transformed by global forces. Writing from wide-ranging field sites, their research documents four major dimensions in culture change: challenges to identity and power; changing gender hierarchies; new patterns of migration and mobility; the effects of economic change and modernization.

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