Inside Cultures: A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Paperback)

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William Balee is Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. He has taught cultural anthropology at Tulane since 1991. Before that, he taught cultural anthropology at the State University of New York-Purchase College, City University of New York-Hunter College, City University of New York-Queensborough Community College, and the State University of New Jersey-Rutgers at Newark. He received the M.A. (1979), M.Phil. (1980), and Ph.D. (1984) degrees in anthropology from Columbia University. His doctoral dissertation was based on fieldwork he carried out among the Tupi-speaking Ka'apor Indians of the eastern Brazilian Amazon. He has continued to do fieldwork among the Ka'apor ever since, as well as among other indigenous lowland South American societies elsewhere in Brazil and in the tropical and subtropical forest regions of Bolivia and Argentina. He is the author of Footprints of the Forest: Ka'apor Ethnobotany—the Historical Ecology of Plant Utilization by an Amazonian People (1994), which won the Mary Klinger Award from the Society for Economic Botany. His other books include Resource Management in Amazonia: Indigenous and Folk Strategies (co-edited with D.A. Posey, 1989), Advances in Historical Ecology (edited, 1998), and Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands (co-edited with C.L. Erickson, 2006). He coedits the New Frontiers in Historical Ecology Series for Left Coast.
New ways of viewing culture require new approaches to anthropology textbooks. This concise, contemporary, and inexpensive alternative option for instructors of cultural anthropology breaks away from the traditional structure of introductory textbooks. Emphasizing the interplay of complexity and subsistence,the interaction between humans and their environment, the tension between human universals and cultural variation, and the impacts of colonialism on traditional cultures, William Balee’s new textbook shows students how cultural anthropology can help us understand the complex, globalized world around us. Personal stories of the author’s fieldwork in Amazonia, sidebars with fascinating cases of cultures in action, timelines, and other pedagogical elements enliven the text for undergraduate readers.


ISBN 9781598746051
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Format Paperback
Pages 303
Publisher Date 2012-03-31 00:00:00.0
Publisher Left Coast Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 10.0 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 1.4 lb
Language English
Subtitle A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Audience College/higher education
Authors Balee, William
Country of Origin United States
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