Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology


1. Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology

This synthesis of modern economic anthropology goes to the heart of a thriving subdiscipline and identifies the fundamental practical and theoretical problems that give economic anthropology its unique strengths and vision. More than any other anthropological subdiscipline, economic anthropology constantly questions and debates the practical motives of people as they go about their daily lives. Tracing the history of the dialogue between anthropology and economics, Richard Wilk and Lisa Cliggett move economic anthropology beyond the narrow concerns of earlier debates and place the field directly at the center of current issues in the social sciences. They focus on the unique strengths of economic anthropology as a meeting place for symbolic and materialist approaches and for understanding human beings as both practical and cultural. In so doing, the authors argue for the wider relevance of economic anthropology to applied anthropology and identify other avenues for interaction with economics, sociology, and other social and behavioral sciences. The second edition of Economies and Cultures contains an entirely new chapter on gifts and exchange that critically approaches the new literature in this area, as well as a thoroughly updated bibliography and guide for students for finding case studies in economic anthropology.

2. The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional

Year: 2017

A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth?

Creativity. It is the secret of what makes humans special, hiding in plain sight. Agust n Fuentes argues that your child’s finger painting comes essentially from the same place as creativity in hunting and gathering millions of years ago, and throughout history in making war and peace, in intimate relationships, in shaping the planet, in our communities, and in all of art, religion, and even science. It requires imagination and collaboration. Every poet has her muse; every engineer, an architect; every politician, a constituency. The manner of the collaborations varies widely, but successful collaboration is inseparable from imagination, and it brought us everything from knives and hot meals to iPhones and interstellar spacecraft.

Weaving fascinating stories of our ancient ancestors’ creativity, Fuentes finds the patterns that match modern behavior in humans and animals. This key quality has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. It’s not the drive to reproduce; nor competition for mates, or resources, or power; nor our propensity for caring for one another that have separated us out from all other creatures.

As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can’t accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in. Agust n Fuentes’s resounding multimillion-year perspective will inspire readers-and spark all kinds of creativity.

3. Cultural Anthropology, 9th Edition

4. Anthropology and Philosophy: Dialogues on Trust and Hope

Year: 2015

The present book is no ordinary anthology, but rather a workroom in which anthropologists and philosophers initiate a dialogue on trust and hope, two important topics for both fields of study. The book combines work between scholars from different universities in the U.S. and Denmark. Thus, besides bringing the two disciplines in dialogue, it also cuts across differences in national contexts and academic style. The interdisciplinary efforts of the contributors demonstrate how such a collaboration can result in new and challenging ways of thinking about trust and hope. Reading the dialogues may, therefore, also inspire others to work in the productive intersection between anthropology and philosophy.

5. Cultural Anthropology, 3rd Edition

Cultural Anthropology introduces students to the concepts and methods that anthropologists bring to the study of cross-cultural diversity.

Nancy Bonvillain brings the study of cultural anthropology to life by encouraging students to see what is going on in the world and helping them understand how it affects cultures. She presents the voices of people studied by anthropologists, and highlights the dynamic, adaptive nature of societies and cultures.

A better teaching and learning experience
This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience-for you and your students. Here’s how:
Personalize Learning – The new MyAnthroLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
Improve Critical Thinking – Study features include preview and summary questions, critical thinking questions, section reviews, chapter summaries, and a margin glossary and marginal notes.
Engage Students – Each chapter includes features such as “In Their Own Voices,” “Anthropology Applied,” and “Controversies.”
Understand Anthropology – “Case Study” features help students understand the connections anthropologists make based on practices and change.
Support Instructors – MyAnthroLab, Class Preparation Tool, Instructor’s Manual, MyTest, Powerpoints, and EthnoQuestare available to be packaged with this text.