This book offers a concise and accessible overview of cultural anthropology for those coming to the subject for the first time. It introduces key areas of the discipline and touches on its historical developments and applied aspects. As well as traditional topics such as social organization, politics, and economics, the book engages with important contemporary issues including race, gender, sexuality, and colonialism.

In a beginner-friendly format, this book is ideal for students of anthropology, as well as for the interested reader as an introduction to the subject.

chapter 1|15 pages


chapter 3|9 pages

Culture, personality, and worldview

chapter 4|5 pages

Doing cultural anthropology

chapter 5|7 pages

Anthropological linguistics

chapter 6|19 pages

Social organization

chapter 7|10 pages

Political organization

chapter 8|15 pages

Economic organization

chapter 9|8 pages


chapter 10|12 pages

Religion, ritual, and knowledge

chapter 11|7 pages

Expressive culture

chapter 12|10 pages

Change and development

chapter 13|4 pages

Applied anthropology