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This book offers a comprehensive and balanced presentation on views of human culture, evolution, and prehistory. The text presents the principles and processes of anthropology, both physical (biological) and cultural, including ethnology, linguistics, and prehistoric archaeology in an integrated, holistic manner. The book's framework emphasizing the challenge of human survival, the connections between biology and culture, and the impact of globalization on peoples and cultures around the world, serves to unify the material. The authors integrate contemporary research and ideas from several schools of thought, and use a lively writing style to engage readers and keep them interested in "real world" anthropology.
1. The Essence of Anthropology. 2. Genetics and Evolution. 3. Living Primates. 4. Primate Behavior. 5. Field Methods in Archaeology & Paleoanthropology. 6. Macroevolution and the Early Primates. 7. The First Bipeds. 8. Early Homo sapiens and the Origins of Culture. 9. The Global Expansion of Homo sapiens and Their Technology. 10. The Neolithic Transition: The Domestication of Plants and Animals. 11. The Emergence of Cities & States. 12. Modern Human Diversity: Race and Racism. 13. Human Adaptation to a Changing World. 14. Characteristics of Culture. 15. Ethnographic Research: Its History, Methods, and Theories. 16. Language and Communication. 17. Social Identity, Personality, and Gender. 18. Patterns of Subsistence. 19. Economic Systems. 20. Sex, Marriage, and Family. 21. Kinship and Descent. 22. Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest, and Class. 23. Politics, Power, and Violence. 24. Spirituality, Religion, and the Supernatural. 25. The Arts. 26. Processes of Change. 27. Global Challenges, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology. Glossary. Bibliography. Credits. Index.
Posted March 8, 2011
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