Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective

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Baker Academic, Dec 1, 2010 - Religion - 288 pages
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What is the role of culture in human experience? This introductory cultural anthropology textbook helps readers explore and understand this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. The book covers standard cultural anthropology topics with special attention given to issues of concern to Christians, such as cultural relativism, evolution, and missions.

This concise yet solid introduction represents the authors' years of experience in the classroom and offers a fresh, contemporary approach. Each chapter includes objectives, text boxes, terms, and discussion questions. In addition, plentiful maps, photos, and sidebars are sprinkled throughout the text.

Resources for professors using this text are available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources. These resources include active learning exercises, discussion questions, crossword puzzles, PowerPoint outlines, case study videos, an annotated list of suggested ethnographic films, relevant internet resources, and a test bank.
 

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Contents

The Discipline of Anthropology
1
The Concept of Culture
25
Language
45
Social Structure and Inequality in Race Ethnicity and Class
65
Gender and Sexuality
87
Production and Exchange
107
Authority and Power
131
Kinship and Marriage
153
Religion and Ritual
175
Globalization and Culture Change
203
Theory in Cultural Anthropology
225
Anthropology in Action
247
Index
263
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Brian M. Howell (PhD, Washington University) is associate professor of anthropology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His books and articles have focused on ethnography of the Philippines, anthropology of religion, faith integration, and Christian missions. Jenell Williams Paris (PhD, American University) is professor of anthropology and sociology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She formerly taught at Bethel University. Both authors regularly teach introductory anthropology courses.

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