Sharing Our Worlds (Third Edition)

An Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology

350 pages

September, 2016

ISBN: 9781479883684



Add to Cart Available: 8/1/2016




Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita of Oxford Brookes University, a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh UniversityShe is the author of many books, including Wrapping Culture: Politeness, Presentation and Power in Japan and Other Societies.

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Sharing Our Worlds offers readers the perfect introduction to cultural and social anthropology, introducing the classic theoretical ideas of its key founders and placing them in their historical and geographical context. This new edition is fully updated, including “topics for reflection” at the end of each chapter which offer topics for debate and further discussion as well as a new final chapter illuminating the valuable ways in which anthropology may be used in the world at large.   

This comprehensive text covers the anthropology’s core topics in an even-handed and illuminating manner, introducing the reader to divergent views on all of the most basic subjects, including food, hygiene, gift-exchange, rites of passage, symbolism, religion, politics, and the environment, and raising awareness of the emotional value people place on those views. Incorporating a wide array of countries, it brings the subject of cultural and social anthropology right into the neighborhood of the readers, wherever they are in the world.  

Written in a refreshingly accessible style, the volume offers a compelling introduction to an enigmatic and exciting subject, drawing out its relevance and value for the complex multicultural world in which we live.


  • "A superb learning experience for anyone curious about humanity and cultural dynamics. Joy Hendry dazzles with provocative questions, compelling stories, and profound answers."

    —Christopher C. Fennell, University of Illinois

  • "With examples from around the world, a wide palette of topics, and clear explanations of key concepts and theories, this is a highly engaging and vividly rendered introduction to social and cultural anthropology for new students and general readers alike."

    —William W. Kelly, Yale University