Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to General Anthropology / Edition 5

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Overview

Written by one of the prominent scholars in the field, this concise, up-to-date text provides a carefully balanced introduction to core topics in the four subfields of general anthropology—physical anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology—as well as contemporary changes in the field. Since no single or monolithic theoretical perspective orients this book, instructors with a wide range of views and approaches can use it effectively. The combination of brevity and readability make Window on Humanity a perfect match for general anthropology courses that use readings or ethnographies along with a main text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078034893
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 285,602
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968. In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan. In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. Professor Kottak has done fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. In current research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: What Is Anthropology?

CHAPTER 2: Culture

CHAPTER 3: Doing Anthropology

CHAPTER 4: Evolution, Genetics, and Human Variation

CHAPTER 5: The Primates

CHAPTER 6: Early Hominins

CHAPTER 7: The Genus Homo

CHAPTER 8: The First Farmers

CHAPTER 9: The First Cities and States

CHAPTER 10: Language and Communication

CHAPTER 11: Making a Living

CHAPTER 12: Political Systems

CHAPTER 13: Families, Kinship, and Marriage

CHAPTER 14: Gender

CHAPTER 15: Religion

CHAPTER 16: Ethnicity and Race

CHAPTER 17: Applying Anthropology

CHAPTER 18: The World System and Colonialism

CHAPTER 19: Anthropology's Role in a Globalizing World

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