This lively, innovative volume presents cultural anthropology as an adventure—focusing on readers' curiosity about their own participation in humanness, and incorporating the excitement of field discoveries throughout. Combining discussions with the vitality of ethnographic accounts, it first presents the basic concepts relating to culture and social organization, applies them to specific cultures, and concludes with a survey of contemporary issues and the contributions in the field of anthropology. The Human Perspective: We the People. People Looking at People. The Adventure of Anthropology. The Organization of Human Groups: The Political Economy. Culture in Its Material Context. Sex, Marriage, and Family Relationships. Acquiring and Transmitting Culture: Language and Symbols, Order and Change. The Nature of Human Nature. The Question of Meaning: Natural and Supernatural Orders. Expressive Culture. Human Ways of Life: Foragers. Pastoralists. Horticulturalists. Agriculturists. The Adventures of Anthropology Continues: The People We Study. The People We Are.
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