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Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge 14th Edition

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1. The Essence of Anthropology. 2. Characteristics of Culture. 3. Ethnographic Research: Its History, Methods, and Theories. 4. Becoming Human: The Origin and Diversity of Our Species. 5. Language and Communication. 6. Social Identity, Personality, and Gender. 7. Patterns of Subsistence. 8. Economic Systems. 9. Sex, Marriage, and Family. 10. Kinship and Descent. 11. Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest, and Class. 12. Politics, Power, and Violence. 13. Spirituality, Religion, and the Supernatural. 14. The Arts. 15. Processes of Change. 16. Global Challenges, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology. Glossary. Bibliography. Credits. Index. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

William A. Haviland is professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he founded the Department of Anthropology and taught for 32 years. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted research in archaeology in Guatemala and Vermont; ethnography in Maine and Vermont; and physical anthropology in Guatemala. This work has been the basis of many publications in national and international books and journals, as well as in trade publications. His books include The Original Vermonters, co-authored with Marjorie Power, and a technical monograph on ancient Maya settlement. He served as consultant for the award-winning telecourse Faces of Culture, and he is co-editor of the series Tikal Reports, published by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Dr. Haviland has lectured to many professional and non-professional audiences in Canada, Mexico, Lesotho, South Africa, and Spain, as well as in the United States. A staunch supporter of indigenous rights, he served as expert witness for the Missisquoi Abenaki of Vermont in a case over aboriginal fishing rights. Dr. Haviland received the University Scholar award by the Graduate School of the University of Vermont in 1990; a Certificate of Appreciation from the Sovereign Republic of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St. Francis/Sokoki Band in 1996; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont in 2006. Now retired from teaching, he continues his research, writing, and lecturing from the coast of Maine and serves as a trustee for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, focused on Maine's Native American history, culture, art, and archaeology. His most recent books are At the Place of the Lobsters and Crabs (2009) and Canoe Indians of Down East Maine (2012).

Harald E.L. Prins is a University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University (KSU). Academically trained at half a dozen Dutch and U.S. universities, he came to the U.S. as a List Fellow at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has taught at Radboud University (Netherlands), as well as Bowdoin College and Colby College in Maine, and as a visiting professor at the University of Lund, Sweden. He has received numerous honors for his teaching, including the Conoco Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 1993, Presidential Award in 1999, Coffman Chair of Distinguished Teaching Scholars in 2004, Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Kansas in 2006, and the AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology in 2010. His fieldwork focuses on indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere, and he has long served as an advocacy anthropologist on land claims and other native rights. In that capacity, Dr. Prins has been a lead expert witness in both the U.S. Senate and Canadian federal courts. He has refereed for 40 academic book publishers and journals. His own numerous academic publications appear in nine languages, with books including The Mi'kmaq: Resistance, Accommodation, and Cultural Survival (Margaret Mead Award finalist). Also trained in filmmaking, he served as president of the Society for Visual Anthropology, and has coproduced award-winning documentaries. He has been the visual anthropology editor of American Anthropologist, co-principal investigator for the U.S. National Park Service, international observer in Paraguay's presidential elections, and a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Carol Ann (Bunny) McBride is an award-winning author specializing in cultural anthropology, indigenous peoples, international tourism, and nature conservation issues. Published in dozens of national and international print media, she has reported from Africa, Europe, China, and the Indian Ocean. With an MA from Columbia University, she is highly rated as a teacher and has taught at the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies and as visiting anthropology faculty at Principia College. Since 1996, she has been an adjunct lecturer of anthropology at Kansas State University. Her many publication credits include the books Women of the Dawn, Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris, and Our Lives in Our Hands: Micmac Indian Basketmakers; chapters in multiple books; and several co-authored books, including Indians in Eden and The Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife. Working on a range of issues and projects with Maine Indian tribes since 1981, McBride received a commendation from the Maine state legislature for her research and writing on the history of Native women. Boston Globe Sunday Magazine featured a profile about her, and Maine Public Television made a documentary about her work on Molly Spotted Elk. Recently, she served as investigator for a National Park Service ethnography project and curated several museum exhibits. Her exhibit, "Indians & Rusticators," received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (2012). She currently serves as president of the Women's World Summit Foundation based in Switzerland, and is wrapping up two books (with co-author Harald Prins): From Indian Island to Omaha Beach: Charles Norman Shay, Penobscot Indian War Hero; and Native Americans in Seacoast Maine: A Natural and Cultural History of Mount Desert Island.

Dana Walrath, an award-winning writer, artist and anthropologist, is a faculty member of University of Vermont's College of Medicine. After earning her PhD in medical and biological anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, she taught there and at Temple University. Dr. Walrath broke new ground in paleoanthropology through her work on the evolution of human childbirth. She has also written on a wide range of topics related to gender in paleoanthropology, the social production of sickness and health, sex differences, genetics, and evolutionary medicine. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and Anthropology Now. Her books include Aliceheimer's, a graphic memoir, and Like Water on Stone, a verse novel. She developed a novel curriculum in medical education at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine that brings humanism, anthropological theory and practice, narrative medicine, and professional skills to first-year medical students. She has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has exhibited her artwork in North America and Europe. Her recent work in the field of graphic medicine combines anthropology with memoir and visual art. Spanning a variety of disciplines, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia and the Institute of Ethnography and Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. She is working on a second graphic memoir that combines her Aliceheimer's work with her fieldwork on aging and memory in Armenia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 14 edition (March 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133957420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133957423
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are things that I have to say about this book. It is awesome when it comes to working on an anthopology class. some of the info is a little to difficult to understand. Never buy "New" always buy "Used".
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I got this as a rental for a summer course. It showed up on time, but the condition of it is bad enough that I'm worried I'm going to have to buy it. It came FULL of sloppy highlighting in the first few chapters, written in in places, and the covers are separating into layers at the corners. This is my first experience with Amazon rentals, and sadly may be my last. Not impressed.
The content of the book is nothing spectacular. I use it in class on a regular basis, and while it is very informative, it isn't well written. Explanations are lengthy but they don't convey the concepts well. Do not recommend, would not buy again.
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its the correct textbook the Professor required for the class.
Six chapters in now and in my opinion the authors are not descriptive enough in explaining details of key items. Luckily the professor is able to clarify the vagueness of the text.
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Fifteen years ago I used Haviland's book in a cultural anthropology class - and paid a whopping $46.00 and owned it! It was new, too. Today, the RENTAL of the same book, with very few changes, is now for RENT for $116! What is going on with this rip-off of American college students? These books are NOT making the authors that much cash, so who is getting it all? This is institutionalized theft. I'm in shock and will be speaking to the professors at our small college to see about IN-HOUSE renting - or perhaps the profs would like to take a cut in pay and buy these ridiculously expensive textbooks they demand for students all by themselves! This is an outrage. Haviland's book was considered the BIBLE for all anthro students in the 1990s, but this is just highway robbery. To RENT the book is nearly the same cost as buying it used even, and that's just disgusting. No wonder we're losing in the global markets with the quality of our young people's education! They must buy books they cannot afford, pay tuition that should be FAR less than it is now, and MAYBE then,they could afford to be good students! It's sure not from lack of intelligence!
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Like all college text books, you really don't want to buy the book but you need to. I'm not really an anthropology type of person but this book saved my butt in the class. Highly recommended book, even if it is a little expensive.
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Because its fun! I learned a lot about the different cultures around the world. Everybody on this earth should read this. The best book EVER!!! Thanks amazon! You're the best!!!!
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It's a really good book, I'm still reading it since it has so much info. It arrived within 4 days and in goid shape.
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Much cheaper than the college's bookstore.
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