Successfully integrating attention to culture change, gender, class, race, ethnicity, and the environment, Barbara Miller's Cultural Anthropology engages students with compelling ethnographic examples, and demonstrates the relevance of anthropology in today's world. Faculty and students praise the book’s proven ability to generate class discussion, increase faculty-student engagement, and enhance student learning!
Through clear writing, a balanced theoretical approach, and engaging examples, Barbara Miller stresses the importance of social inequality and human rights, the environment, culture change and applied aspects of anthropology. Rich examples of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and age thread through the topical coverage of economic systems, the life-cycle, health, kinship, social organization, politics, language, religion, and expressive culture. In addition, the last two chapters address how migration is changing world cultures, and how the importance of local cultural values and needs are shaping international development policies and programs.
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“Cultural anthropology is exciting because it CONNECTS with everything, from FOOD to ART. And it can help prevent or SOLVE
world problems related to social inequality and injustice.” - BARBARA D. MILLER
Barbara Miller is a Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Director of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) Research and Policy Program, at The George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Syracuse University in 1978. Before coming to GW in 1994, she taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Barbara’s research has focused mainly on gender-based inequalities in India, especially the nutritional and medical neglect of daughters in the northern part of the country. She has also conducted research on culture and rural development in Bangladesh, on low-income household dynamics in Jamaica, and on Hindu adolescents in Pittsburgh.
Her current interests include continued research on India along with attention to the role of cultural anthropology in informing policy issues, especially as related to women, children, and other disenfranchised people.
She teaches courses on introductory cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, development anthropology, culture and population, health and development in South Asia, migration and mental health, and culture and security.
In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, she has published several books: The Endangered Sex: Neglect of Female Children in Rural North India, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 1997), an edited volume, Sex and Gender Hierarchies (Cambridge University Press, 1993), and a co-edited volume with Alf Hiltebeitel, Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures (SUNY Press, 1998). She is the author of Cultural Anthropology in a Globalizing World (Pearson, 2008) and the lead author of Anthropology (Pearson, 2nd ed., 2008).Review:
"The writing style is easy, accessible, not pedantic. Where possible, the author has been careful to use everyday terms rather than anthropolgical jargon. I think all but the least prepared college freshmen would not have trouble with the text... The structure and layout are extremely appealing, as are the boxed features... The addition of the chapter on primate and human evolution and the growth of complexity in human societies is a strong feature. I would use the Miller text comfortably." -- Joyce Bishop, California State University
"Miller is strong in depth of coverage…The writing style is engaging. It is a balance between formal and informal." -- Jeanne Humble, Bluegrass Community & Technical College
"Miller includes a wide range of topics as examples in the chapters. I like that a few groups are developed in more depth and referred to throughout the text - this integrates the concepts nicely. ...The boxes and special features are very interesting and engaging for students; more so than those of other texts." -- Margaret Weinberger, Bowling Green State University
"I loved the Culturama boxes." -- Roberta Martine, Fort Hays State University
"Everyday Anthropology---the name alone helps students to feel more comfortable with the material. Instead of "running away" from the boxes---the "Everyday Anthropology" draws them into the material. For instance, I have lost count of how many students voluntarily bring up the "Latina Power in the Kitchen" example. They love it--they understand it from a "cultural" perspective." -- Ronald Bolender, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
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