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Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology
A Problem-Based Approach

Eighth Edition
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August 2020 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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In a first-of-its-kind format, Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach is organized by problems and questions rather than topics, creating a natural discussion of traditional anthropological concerns such as kinship, caste, gender roles, and religion. This brief text promotes critical thinking through meaningful exercises, case studies, and simulations. Students will learn how to analyze their own culture and gain the tools to understand the cultures of other societies. The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly updated and reorganized to emphasize contemporary issues around social and economic inequality, gender identity, and more.


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Chapter 1: Culture and Meaning
Chapter 2: The Meaning of Progress and Development
Chapter 3: Debt, Globalization, and The Nation-State
Chapter 4: The Cultural Construct of Social Hierarchy
Chapter 5: The Social and Cultural Construction of Reality
Chapter 6: Patterns of Family Relations
Chapter 7: The Cultural Construction of Identity
Chapter 8: The Cultural Construction of Violent Conflict

Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach is comprehensive, very well-written, explains processes accurately, and provides a historical perspective that is missing in many other textbooks…It’s inspiring, challenging, fresh, and interesting.”                                                                                                          

Mia Dvornic
Northwood University

“This is a problem-based cultural anthropology text that focuses on using case studies that are highly engaging and relevant for students…It's a nice way to illustrate anthropology's fundamentally comparative approach.”

Jill Siegel
Kingsborough Community College

Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach is pleasurable to read and to teach…It’s assumption-busting, exciting, questions- and research-based, and well-organized.”

Deborah J. Wickering
Aquinas College
Key features
  • This new edition features a new chapter organization, with Chapter 4 (previously Chapter 7) on social stratification and hierarchy thoroughly updated to emphasize the importance of topics such as social and economic inequality.
  • Information on nutrition patterns, growing economic inequality, and the shift to authoritarian regimes is updated and emphasized throughout the text.
  • Social media’s global impact across a nine-country study in Chapter 1 provides perspective on debates related to platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  • Research and information about food consumption and production are added to Chapter 2, helping shed light on the nutrition of hunting and gathering societies as they connect to the global rise of obesity.
  • Chapters 3 and 4 are updated and include added material on the emergence of capitalist culture across the globe.
  • Chapter 7 is updated with information on migrants and refugees.


  • Each chapter presents a unique, problem-based approach to social and cultural themes, examined through the lens of anthropology.
  • This text promotes critical thinking skills with chapter-level case studies, exercises, and a series of questions about the core problem presented in that chapter.
  • Locator maps further illustrate the local and global nature of the problems discussed.
  • A Topic–Question Correspondence chart links topics in cultural anthropology to questions considered in the text and can be used in guiding discussions.

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ISBN: 9781544371634