The Anthropology of Globalization

Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century, 2nd Edition

by Leila Rodriguez, based upon the earlier edition by Ted C. Lewellen


Globalization enables a whirlwind cross-pollination of trade, finance, culture, ideas, and people across the globe. It also increases inequalities and can impact some groups negatively as much as it benefits others.

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March 2018


Pages 309
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Culture
  Geography and World Cultures/Geopolitics
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This book offers a critical overview of how anthropology—with its emphasis on studying local communities—has contributed to our understanding of globalization, the primary process impacting members of societies in every nation in the world.

Readers of The Anthropology of Globalization: Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century will gain a thorough understanding of the world in which we live: what it looks like from multiple perspectives, how human society has reached its current state, and who benefits from and is hurt by modern globalization. This single-volume work encompasses multiple processes and populations and offers anthropological perspectives that illuminate how our modern world functions.

Suitable for students, scholars, and general readers alike, the book provides an analytic overview of the historical underpinnings of globalization before it identifies the theoretical currents and ethnographic studies that have led to contemporary approaches to globalization within anthropology. This revised edition provides recent examples of how the global-to-local nexus unfolds all over the world and updates established theory and case studies in a our increasingly global yet also guarded, post-9/11 world. The book also includes two new chapters on pressing topics exacerbated by globalization: international tourism and international crime, including drug and human trafficking.


  • Provides a comprehensive, analytical overview that helps readers to learn how to ask critical questions about what they observe
  • Addresses a breadth of topics and populations, thereby providing a complete picture of globalization that encompasses everything from finance to art and migrants
  • Presents a historical perspective that includes content on the precursors to and onset of globalization as well as the evolution of anthropological theory
Author Info

Leila Rodriguez, PhD, is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. Trained both as an anthropologist and demographer, she has researched the international migration of Nigerian, Russian, and Latin American populations, as well as the use of cultural expert testimony as a legal tool to increase minority populations' access to justice. Rodriguez is cofounder of the Taft Global Studies Research Group at the University of Cincinnati, and she is a research affiliate at the Central American Population Center at the University of Costa Rica. Her website is

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