Anthropology Matters, Third Edition

Anthropology Matters, Third Edition

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By Shirley A. Fedorak
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2017
World Rights
288 Pages
ISBN 9781487593209
Published Apr 2017
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The third edition of this bestselling book introduces readers to anthropology, and the world around it, by connecting important concepts to current global issues. A question-based approach encourages readers to understand specific issues in a broader cross-cultural context while building an appreciation for anthropology’s role in developing global citizenship.

This edition has been updated and revised throughout, including discussion of technology, design anthropology, and the effects of social media on cultural change. As well, two new chapters, one on global responsibility for refugees, and the other on human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery, make the text particularly relevant.

Shirley A. Fedorak has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and the American College of Cairo. She is the author of a number of textbooks including Global Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (2013), and Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life (2009). She now lives in Penang, Malaysia where she continues to write.

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Author Profile
Organization of the Text

Part One: How Does Anthropology Work?
1. What Are the Challenges in Ethnographic Fieldwork, and How Is Ethnographic Research Changing?
2. Of What Use Is Anthropology in the Business World?
3. What Roles Do Anthropologists Play in Language Retention and Revitalization, and Are Heritage Languages an Endangered Species?

Part Two: Why Does Anthropology Matter?
4. Is Globalization and Transnational Mobility Fuelling Modern-Day Slavery?
5. What Are the Underlying Reasons for Ethnic and Sectarian Conflict?
6.  How Does Body Image Affect Self-Esteem, Well-Being, and Identity?
7. Is Female Circumcision a Violation of Human Rights or a Cherished Cultural Tradition?
8. What Are the Socio-economic, Religious, and Political Implications of Same-Sex Marriage and Changing Family Structure?
9. Is Social Media Changing and Reshaping Culture?
10. Does the Global Community Have a Moral Responsibility to Assist Displaced Persons?
11. What Benefits Do NGOs Provide Developing Countries, and How Can Their Presence Generate New Challenges?
12. Is the Practice of Purdah and Veiling Oppressive to Women or an Expression of Their Identity?


This is one of the most intelligent and engaging introductory texts available. It is pithy and covers all of the critical areas one would expect in an introductory class. There are plenty of opportunities for instructors to expand on key concepts or draw in additional material. The text itself, rich with ethnographic examples, will certainly inspire classroom debates, and discussion questions and classroom activity suggestions are well-formulated, encouraging students to get their hands dirty as they wrangle with the issues themselves.

Liesl L. Gambold, Dalhousie University

Connecting basic anthropological principles to current issues, this readable text provides a solid grounding in the discipline but also underlines the importance of understanding someone else’s point of view, an invaluable skill in an increasingly globalized and connected world.

Lucy Laufe, Montgomery College, Maryland