The Anthropology of Globalization
Cultural Anthropology Enters the 21st Century, 2nd Edition
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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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