Humans: An Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology

Humans: An Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology

by Alice Beck Kehoe

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ISBN-13: 9781135258634
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Alice Beck Kehoe is Professor of Anthropology at Marquette University. She is the author of The Land of Prehistory: A Critical History of American Archaeology (Routledge, 1998), The Ghost Dance: Ethnohistory and Revitalization (1989) and North American Indians: A Comprehensive Account (1992).

Table of Contents

1. Anthropology -- A General Introduction

(lays out four fields and defines "humans" and "culture")

2. Basic Principles

(cultural relativism; popular culture may provide "false knowledge" countered by anthropological research)


Humans as Biological Species

(characteristics of organisms; of mammals; principles of evolutionary biology)

4. The Primates

(survey of evolution and diversity of primates)

5. Development of the Genus Homo

(hominid evolution)

6. Variation in Homo Sapiens

("race," human geographical populations, genetic drift)

7. Prehistory

(survey of human prehistory and methods of discovering it)


Communicating -- Anthropological Linguistics

(basic linguistics, Sapir-Whorf and George Lakoff; Linton's distinction of form/function/use/meaning)

9. Analyzing Societies: (I) Cultural Ecology

(holistic perspectives; includes concept of habitus as praxis

of society and environment)

10. Analyzing Societies: (II) Economies

(emphasizes informal economy, value creation)

11. Analyzing Societies: (III) Regulation Societies

(presents law, politics, religion and kinship as multiple interlocking means of regulating behavior within societies; emphasis is on dynamics rather than stati "structures")

12. Analyzing Societies: (IV) Religion (religion as social charter; revitalization as process

of culture change)

13. Conclusion: Looking Us Over

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