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Culture Counts - Vantage Learning Platform
A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Fifth Edition
  • Serena Nanda - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
  • Richard L. Warms - Texas State University - San Marcos, USA

August 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN: 978-1-0718-2037-7

About Culture Counts, Fifth Edition

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Culture Counts
 is a concise introduction to anthropology that illustrates why culture matters in our understanding of humanity and the world around us. Serena Nanda and Richard L. Warms draw students in with engaging ethnographic stories and a conversational writing style that encourages them to interact cross-culturally, solve problems, and effect positive change. The brief format gives majors and non-majors the essentials they need and frees up the instructor to teach the course the way they want to teach it.

The Fifth Edition includes new examples and vignettes that are important to the study of cultural anthropology. Issues of gender, identity, globalization, intersectionality, inequality, and public health have been incorporated throughout the book, as well as a new chapter on race and ethnicity that brings the book in step with recent conversations about power, race, and history.

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Updated to account for the extraordinary developments of the last five years, the new edition of Culture Counts offers a concise introduction to anthropology that illustrates why culture matters in our understanding of humanity and the world around us. Culture Counts - Vantage Digital Option, Fifth Edition delivers the trusted content from Serena Nanda and Rich Warms’ text on Sage Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that features auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including assignable video—all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. It offers easy course setup and enables students to better prepare for class. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative.

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


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  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class.
  • New “Race and Ethnicity” chapter provides recent conversations about power, race, and history in the field of anthropology.
  • The chapter on “Gender” has undergone a thorough revision. It is now more clearly organized and is focuses on the most recent theorizing about gender, identity, and intersectionality.
  • New chapter-opening vignettes use anthropology to contextualize recent events like "Rebellion and Revolutions," "Race, Health, and the Environment in the United States," and "The World After Colonialism."
  • New Using Anthropology boxed features encourage students to apply anthropology to their everyday life, including topics such as "Gestures, Emoticons, and Emojis," "Helping Refugees," "Intimate Anthropology," and "Development Anthropology."
  • New Bringing It Back Home sections facilitate classroom discussions around the anthropology of pandemics and emergencies, the role of language in identity and assimilation, paying for college, the rise

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