Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4th Edition
Serena Nanda | Richard L. Warms
Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3rd Edition
Serena Nanda | Richard L. Warms
ISBN-13: 9781285738512 | ISBN-10: 1285738519
© 2015 | Published |  432  Pages
Previous Editions: 9781111301538

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Framed around the concept of culture, CULTURE COUNTS, 3rd Edition uses ethnographic storytelling to draw students into the material and teach valuable critical thinking skills. The text focuses on how culture directs and explains peoples' behavior, thereby helping students understand the world today as well as how humans can solve problems and effect positive change. Using an authoritative yet conversational voice, the authors emphasize contemporary issues, the impact of globalization, equalities and inequalities, cross-cultural comparisons, and American culture. Chapter-opening and -closing stories illustrate that culture matters in driving and shaping human behavior, and that culture is a dynamic concept that interrelates various cultural systems in adaptive (or maladaptive) ways. Updated and refined throughout, this edition includes new ethnographic stories, new cases for critical analysis, a new chapter on anthropology and the arts, and more.



  • 1. What Is Anthropology and Why Should I Care?
    2. Culture Counts.
    3. Doing Cultural Anthropology.
    4. Communication.
    5. Making a Living.
    6. Economics.
    7. Political Organization.
    8. Stratification: Class, Caste, Race, and Ethnicity.
    9. Marriage, Family, and Kinship.
    10. Sex and Gender.
    11. Religion.
    12. Creative Expression: Anthropology and the Arts.
    13. Power, Conquest, and a World System.
    14. Culture, Change, and Globalization.

    • This ethnographically rich text is framed around the concept of culture and uses ethnographic "story-telling" as the main vehicle for presenting ethnographic data and engaging students. While providing a balance of cross-cultural comparisons (many to the United States), it explains key issues in the contemporary world, including globalization and thorough coverage of the global dimensions of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and power. It also encourages students to think critically.
    • Chapters open with high-interest ethnographic stories about specific cultures or circumstances that highlight the central issue of the chapter and the importance of understanding the role culture plays in directing and explaining people's behavior. New stories in the Third Edition include Feral Children (Ch. 2); Why Don't You Speak Good? (Ch. 4); Arab Spring (Ch. 7); Exploited Children (Ch. 8); and World Music (Ch. 12).
    • "Bringing it Back Home. You Decide" sections conclude chapters and present an ethnographic case on a current controversy, issue, or debate that relates to a main concept. Questions for use in class discussion, as lecture launchers, or as homework ask students to critically evaluate the cases. New cases include The Anthropology of Violence (Ch. 1); Is There an American Culture? (Ch. 2); U.S. Mexico Border (Ch. 7); Who Is an American? (Ch. 8); Caring for Elders (Ch. 9); Domestic Violence and Cultural Values (Ch. 10); The Toraja Tau Taus (Ch. 12); and America as a Foreign Culture (Ch. 14).
    • To further enhance clarity and the flow of the narrative, the depth of coverage across chapters has been evened out and terminology has been trimmed, especially in the chapters on communication (Chapter 4) and on marriage, family, and kinship (Chapter 9). Chapter 4 includes more information on deaf communities and on language and social stratification.
    • New end-of-chapter summaries in question-and-answer format are correlated to the Learning Objectives, thereby reinforcing students' learning of key concepts and messages.
    • This edition includes a greater number of photos, which are now directly tied to the text narrative, as well as an increased number of maps, tables, charts, and graphs.
    • Examples throughout the text include more cross-cultural comparisons.
    • Chapter 1 presents a new section on the uses of anthropology in everyday life.
    • Chapter 3, "Doing Cultural Anthropology," includes refined and streamlined sections on Boas and Malinowski, engaged anthropology, post-modernism, and anthropology and the military.
    • A new organization presents Chapter 7, "Political Organization," and Chapter 8, "Stratification: Class, Caste, Race, and Ethnicity," earlier in the text, immediately after the chapter on economics. In addition, Chapter 8 has been re-organized and revised so that the material on caste follows that of class; in addition, a new cross-cultural comparison of race in Brazil and stratification in the U.S. has been added.
    • A new Chapter 12, "Creative Expressions: Anthropology and the Arts," illuminates the topic.
    • Chapter 13 in the previous edition, "Globalization and Change," now appears as Chapter 14 with a new title, "Culture, Change, and Globalization." It also includes a re-written section on development and anthropology as well as new material on refugees and on viewing America as a foreign culture.
    • Chapter 14 in the previous edition, "Anthropology Makes a Difference," has been eliminated and new "Using Anthropology" sections, which emphasize the practical uses of anthropology, are integrated within each chapter. Topics include Forensic Anthropology (Ch. 1), Forensic Linguistics (Ch. 4), Anthropology and Nutrition (Ch. 5), The Homeless (Ch. 6), The Global Family (Ch. 9), and Refugees (Ch. 14).
    • New chapter-opening Learning Objectives replace the chapter outlines in the previous edition, providing students with a roadmap for reading.
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  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
    Bio: Serena Nanda is professor emeritus of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She has published two anthropological murder mysteries, The Gift of a Bride: A Tale of Anthropology, Matrimony, and Murder, a novel set in an Indian immigrant community in New York City, and Assisted Dying: An Ethnographic Murder Mystery on Florida's Gold Coast. Her other published works include Neither Man Nor Woman: The Hijras of India, winner of the 1990 Ruth Benedict Prize; American Cultural Pluralism and Law; Gender Diversity: Cross-Cultural Variations; and a New York City guidebook, 40 Perfect New York Days: Walks and Rambles in and Around the City. She has always been captivated by the stories people tell and by the tapestry of human diversity. Anthropology was the perfect way for her to immerse herself in these passions, and through teaching, to spread the word about the importance of understanding both human differences and human similarities.

    Richard L. Warms is professor of anthropology at Texas State University–San Marcos. His published works include Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History; Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology; and An Encyclopedia And Sacred Realms: Essays In Religion, Belief, And Society. He also has written journal articles on commerce, religion, and ethnic identity in West Africa; African exploration and romanticism; and African veterans of French colonial armed forces. Warms' interests in anthropology were kindled by college courses and by his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. He continues to teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology but also teaches classes in anthropological theory, the anthropology of religion, economic anthropology, and film at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His current projects include a book about the development of anthropology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students and faculty are invited to contact him with their comments, suggestions, and questions at r.warms@txstate.edu.