By Jack David Eller
Cultural Anthropology: Global forces, neighborhood lives is an accessible ethnographically wealthy cultural anthropology textbook which supplies a coherent and refreshingly new imaginative and prescient of the self-discipline and its topic matter—human variety. The fifteen chapters and 3 prolonged case stories current the entire worthwhile components of cultural anthropology, organizing them in conceptually and thematically significant and unique ways. A full one-third of its content material is dedicated to very important worldwide and old cultural phenomena equivalent to colonialism, nationalism, ethnicity and ethnic clash, financial improvement, environmental concerns, cultural revival, fundamentalism, and renowned culture. The more conventional subject matters of anthropology (language, economics, kinship, politics, faith, race) are built-in into this broader dialogue to mirror the altering content material of up to date classes. This good written and good organised textual content has been trialled either within the lecture room and on-line. the writer has huge educating event and is mainly sturdy at proposing fabric essentially matching his exposition to the speed of scholars' figuring out. particularly designed in color to be necessary to cutting-edge scholars, Cultural Anthropology: worldwide forces, neighborhood lives: helps learn with chapter case experiences on topics as varied as "Doing Anthropology at Microsoft" to "Banning spiritual Symbols in France" explains tricky key words with marginal glosses and hyperlinks comparable themes with marginal cross-references assists revision with boxed bankruptcy summaries, an intensive bibliography and index illustrates strategies and remark with a shiny diversity of images drawn from the main modern anthropological resources presents a aid site which include learn courses, powerpoint shows, bankruptcy supplementations, multiple-choice, essay, and task questions, a version direction mapped to the textbook, a flashcard thesaurus of phrases, hyperlinks to priceless maps
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However, in important ways, anthropology has outgrown this narrow categorization, if it was ever actually constrained by it. For instance, a number of well-developed subdisciplines have emerged under the general heading of cultural anthropology, including, among others: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Urban anthropology, or the study of humans in urban settings, the effects of urbanization on previously non-urban societies, and the relationships between cities and their surrounding hinterlands (such as labor migration).
What it means is that when any comparison is being made, the terms or criteria of the comparison must be specified. ” Some cultures are certainly larger than others, and some cultures are certainly better at hunting or making war than others. As long as the standards of comparison are stated (and perhaps it is also explained why those particular standards were selected) comparisons may of course be made. In fact, recall that the first part of the anthropological perspective was “comparative” study.
But there is no such thing as a “standardless” judgment, and there does not appear to be a single standard that all cultures share. Instead, there are multiple standards. See Chapter 5 2. Cultural relativism does not mean that anything a culture does is good/moral/ valuable/normal. Some critics of relativism claim that taking a relativistic stance toward another culture is essentially condoning it. But to condone means to judge favorably, and relativism is not about judging but about understanding.