In this illuminating tour of humanity, Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown reveal the origins of our species, and the fabric of human society, through the discipline of anthropology. Via fascinating case studies and discoveries, they unravel our understanding of human behaviours and beliefs, including how witchcraft has been used to justify misfortune, and debunk old-fashioned ideas about "race" based upon the latest genetic research. They even share what our bathroom tells us about our concept of the body - and ourselves.
From our evolutionary ancestors, through our rites of passage, to our responses to globalization, Hendry and Underdown provide the essential first step to understanding the world as an anthropologist would - in all its diversity and commonality.
About the Author
Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and is author of the university-level textbook Sharing Our Worlds, now in its second edition.
Simon Underdown is Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, where his research explores human evolution and disease.
Table of Contents
1 The human body 10
2 Ways of thinking and communicating 30
3 Organizing social relations 50
4 Engaging with nature 68
5 Personhood 86
6 Ritual, ceremony, and identity 102
7 Ways of belonging 119
8 The global species 136
9 Anthropology in the age of global communication 156
10 Practising anthropology 173
Further reading 184