Culture in Practice collects the academic and political writings from the 1960sthrough the 1990s of anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. More than a compilation, Culture in Practiceunfolds as an intellectual autobiography. The book opens with Sahlins's early general studies ofculture, economy, and human nature. It then moves to his reportage and reflections on the war inVietnam and the antiwar movement, the event that most strongly affected his thinking about culturalspecificity. Finally, it offers his more historical and globally aware works on indigenous peoples,especially those of the Pacific islands.Sahlins exposes the cultural specificity of the West,developing a critical account of the distinctive ways that we act in and understand the world. Thebook includes a play/review of Robert Ardrey's sociobiology, essays on "native" consumption patternsof food and clothes in America and the West, explorations of how two thousand years of Westerncosmology affect our understanding of others, and ethnohistorical accounts of how cultural orders ofEuropeans and Pacific islanders structured the historical experiences of both. Throughout, Sahlinsoffers his own way of thinking about the anthropological project. To transcend critically our nativecategories in order to understand how other peoples have historically constructed their modes ofexistence--even now, in the era of globalization--is the great challenge of contemporaryanthropology.