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Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective

Brian M HowellJenell Williams Paris

Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective

Brian M HowellJenell Williams Paris

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What is the role of culture in human experience? This introductory cultural anthropology textbook helps readers explore and understand this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. The book covers standard cultural anthropology topics with special attention given to issues of concern to Christians, such as cultural relativism, evolution, and missions.

^^This concise yet solid introduction represents the authors' years of experience in the classroom and offers a fresh, contemporary approach. Each chapter includes objectives, text boxes, terms, and discussion questions. In addition, plentiful maps, photos, and sidebars are sprinkled throughout the text.

^^A companion website features numerous support materials^



- Publisher "Howell and Paris have done us a huge favor. Their timely Introducing Christian Anthropology will be a tremendous help to Christian educators and students alike. This textbook covers a comprehensive spectrum of contemporary anthropological topics ranging from conceptual considerations of 'culture' to concrete examinations of power structures, and it does so in an attractive and understandable format that will facilitate fruitful learning."-- J. Nelson Jennings, Covenant Theological Seminary; editor, Missiology "This engagingly written book is the most up-to-date introduction to cultural anthropology for Christians currently available. The authors summarize contemporary social theory and offer their own research and experiences on the field as an invitation to see the world anthropologically. Readers are helped to reflect on biblical themes in the light of anthropological realities and are encouraged to apply what they learn to a wide variety of work and ministry settings around the world."-- Robert J. Priest, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "This unique text will help students understand our increasingly interconnected world, while also giving them the tools to deal with the practical and ethical issues that this world presents. It also gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of a little-known species--the Christian anthropologist."-- Michael Jindra, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame " Introducing Cultural Anthropology has much to offer. The chapters on religion and globalization are brilliant and all chapters are informative and challenging. I happily commend this book for use in college classrooms as well as missional training--students and all who anticipate ministry, whatever the context, will benefit."-- R. Daniel Shaw, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies "This clearly written and well-organized text provides an insightful examination of cultural anthropology in a manner that encourages the integration of faith and learning. This is a needed resource within Christian higher education, and I highly recommend its use in introductory anthropology courses."-- Katrina T. Greene, Biola University

- Publisher

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About "Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective"

What is the role of culture in human experience? This introductory cultural anthropology textbook helps readers explore and understand this crucial issue from a Christian perspective. The book covers standard cultural anthropology topics with special attention given to issues of concern to Christians, such as cultural relativism, evolution, and missions.

^^This concise yet solid introduction represents the authors' years of experience in the classroom and offers a fresh, contemporary approach. Each chapter includes objectives, text boxes, terms, and discussion questions. In addition, plentiful maps, photos, and sidebars are sprinkled throughout the text.

^^A companion website features numerous support materials^


- Publisher

"Howell and Paris have done us a huge favor. Their timely Introducing Christian Anthropology will be a tremendous help to Christian educators and students alike. This textbook covers a comprehensive spectrum of contemporary anthropological topics ranging from conceptual considerations of 'culture' to concrete examinations of power structures, and it does so in an attractive and understandable format that will facilitate fruitful learning."-- J. Nelson Jennings, Covenant Theological Seminary; editor, Missiology "This engagingly written book is the most up-to-date introduction to cultural anthropology for Christians currently available. The authors summarize contemporary social theory and offer their own research and experiences on the field as an invitation to see the world anthropologically. Readers are helped to reflect on biblical themes in the light of anthropological realities and are encouraged to apply what they learn to a wide variety of work and ministry settings around the world."-- Robert J. Priest, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "This unique text will help students understand our increasingly interconnected world, while also giving them the tools to deal with the practical and ethical issues that this world presents. It also gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of a little-known species--the Christian anthropologist."-- Michael Jindra, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame " Introducing Cultural Anthropology has much to offer. The chapters on religion and globalization are brilliant and all chapters are informative and challenging. I happily commend this book for use in college classrooms as well as missional training--students and all who anticipate ministry, whatever the context, will benefit."-- R. Daniel Shaw, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies "This clearly written and well-organized text provides an insightful examination of cultural anthropology in a manner that encourages the integration of faith and learning. This is a needed resource within Christian higher education, and I highly recommend its use in introductory anthropology courses."-- Katrina T. Greene, Biola University
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Brian M Howell

Brian M. Howell (Ph.D., Washington University, Missouri) is associate professor of anthropology at Wheaton College. He regularly teaches introductory anthropology courses.

He is the author of Power and Identity in the Global Church: Six Case Studies, (Pasadena: William Carey Library Press; 2009); Christianity in the Local Context: Southern Baptists in the Philippines (series on Contemporary Anthropology of Religion) edited by Robert Hefner (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective (Bakerbooks, 2010) with Jenell Williams Paris
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Jenell Williams Paris

Jenell Williams Paris (Ph.D., American University) is professor of anthropology and sociology at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She regularly teaches introductory anthropology courses. She was formerly Professor of Anthropology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota and has co-authored Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective with Brian M. Howell.

She has written for such publications as Christianity Today, Books & Culture and Christian Scholar's Review. Her books include Birth Control for Christians; Urban Disciples and most recently The End of Sexual Identity:Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. The Discipline Of Anthropology
    2. The Concept Of Culture
    3. Language
    4. Social Structure And Inequality
    5. Gender And Sexuality
    6. Production And Exchange
    7. Authority And Power
    8. Kinship And Marriage
    9. Religion And Ritual
    10. Globalization And Culture Change
    11. Theory In Anthropology
    12. Anthropology In Action
    index

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  • Catalogue Code 303864
  • Product Code 9780801038877
  • ISBN 0801038871
  • EAN 9780801038877
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • Publication Date Dec 2010
  • Sales Rank #57060
  • Dimensions 228 x 177 x 18 mm
  • Weight 0.539kg

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