Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4th Edition

Serena Nanda | Richard L. Warms

  • Copyright 2018
  • Published


Framed around the concept of culture, CULTURE COUNTS, 4th Edition, uses ethnographic storytelling to draw students into the material and teach valuable critical-thinking skills. The content focuses on how culture directs and explains people's 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, gender issues, equalities and inequalities, cross-cultural comparisons, and American culture. These topics are important to both the study of anthropology and understanding of the world around you.

Meet the Author

Serena Nanda, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

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, Texas State University - San Marcos

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

Features & Benefits

  • Learning Objectives: Each chapter begins with a list of 5-10 learning objectives stated in measurable terms derived from Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. This prepares students to read the chapter and helps them assess their understanding of th
  • Opening ethnographic case story: Each chapter opens with a high-interest ethnographic case story that highlights the central issues of the chapter and the importance of understanding the role that culture plays in people's behavior. The chapter openings a
  • Using Anthropology: Each chapter includes a named section on applied anthropology. These sections highlight the work of specific anthropologists who are engaged in critical work outside of the university. Examples range from helping to solve crimes, to he
  • Bringing it Back Home: Each chapter concludes with a section that highlights the ways in which anthropological thinking helps us engage with critical contemporary cultural issues. Each section ends with a series of questions that ask students to apply the
  • Photos, charts, maps, glossary: Each chapter is furnished with photos carefully chosen by the authors. Many of the photos are from sources available only to them. Each photo has a carefully considered caption and each is linked to a specific passage in th

Table of Contents

Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


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.
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