Cengage Advantage Books: Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach, 6th Edition

  • Richard H. Robbins State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh
  • ISBN-10: 111183394X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111833947
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2001, 1997
  • © 2013 | Published
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Learn anthropology within a strong active learning environment when you open Robbins' unique sixth edition. In a first of-of-its-kind problem-based format, this brief, cost-effective text presents a variety of questions focused on the most important issues anthropologists study. You'll find yourself thinking critically about today's world as you read engaging Chapter Openers, complete integrated exercises, and review unique Case Studies in Doing Anthropology at the end of each chapter, now with new locator maps for your convenience. In a unique problem-based format, Robbins' text presents a variety of questions focused on the most important issues anthropologists study. Within the book's engaging narrative, you'll learn how to analyze your own culture as a basis for understanding the cultures of others. Presentations are organized around problems rather than topics, creating a natural discussion of traditional concerns such as kinship, caste, gender roles, and religion. Meaningful questions integrated throughout further guide you in exploring these subjects.

Features and Benefits

  • This text is a problem-based approach, meaning that it promotes critical thinking and active learning through questions, exercises, case studies, and simulations, all of which are sprinkled throughout the text.
  • Chapter 3 on globalization, neoliberalism, and the nation-state examines the pros and cons of the modern economy.
  • Relevant and updated coverage discusses culture change among indigenous peoples of North America and the adaptations to cultural devastation.
  • Brief numbered exercises are found throughout each chapter and require students to apply the concepts covered. These exercises can lead to classroom discussions, critical-thinking assignments, or group work.
  • Key research problems on culture and meaning, the idea of progress, globalization, neoliberalism, the social and cultural construction of reality, family relations, identity, social hierarchy, and conflict are discussed using a participatory, active-learning approach.
  • Numerous comparisons of world cultures with American culture encourage students to recognize their own cultural perspectives.

Table of Contents

1. Culture and Meaning.
2. The Meaning of Progress and Development.
3. Globalization, Neoliberalism and the Nation-State.
4. The Social and Cultural Construction of Reality.
5. Patterns of Family Relations.
6. The Cultural Construction of Identity.
7. The Cultural Construction of Social Hierarchy.
8. The Cultural Construction of Violent Conflict.

What's New

  • All chapters now include a locator map of a group and location discussed in the chapter. Also, a large world map at the front of the book notes all locations mentioned in the text.
  • Chapter 3 now covers market externalization, especially in regard to the U.S. auto industry. Chapter 3 also explores why economies collapse, specifically in regard to the current economic and housing downturns. Potential solutions for economic restoration are included.
  • Chapter 4 includes a new section on the different meanings people assign to experiences and the world views associated with different types of culture.
  • Chapter 8 includes new case studies on the uses (and misuses) of anthropology for peace and war.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Cengage Advantage Books: Cultural Anthropology: A Problem-Based Approach, 6th + National Geographic Learning Reader: Cultural Anthropology

ISBN-10: 1285255496 | ISBN-13: 9781285255491

List Price = $97.95  | CengageBrain Price = $97.95


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133043690 | ISBN-13: 9781133043690)

This online Instructor's Manual offers chapter outlines, learning objectives, key terms, and lecture suggestions to help you seamlessly integrate the Anthropology Resource Center and website resources into your course. The test bank provides 40–60 test questions per chapter, including multiple-choice, true/false, and essay.

Wadsworth Anthropology Video Library, Volume 2 (featuring BBC Video Clips)  (ISBN-10: 1111829004 | ISBN-13: 9781111829001)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard H. Robbins

Richard H. Robbins is a distinguished teaching professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. His teaching interests include courses on global problems, utopian societies, comparative religion, the anthropology of food, and activist anthropology. He has conducted research among indigenous peoples of Canada and fishing communities in northeastern New Brunswick. His recent books Include Debt as Power (with Tim DiMuzio); Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, Sixth Edition; Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation (With Mark Cohen); and Globalization and the Environment (with Gary Kroll). Professor Robbins is the recipient of the 2005 American Anthropological Association/McGraw-Hill award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.