9780495810841

Anthropology : The Human Challenge

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495810841

  • ISBN10:

    0495810843

  • Edition: 13th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/5/2010
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

The Essence of Anthropology
Genetics and Evolution
Living Primates
Primate Behavior
Field Methods in Archaeology & Paleoanthropology
Macroevolution and the Early Primates
The First Bipeds
Early Homo sapiens and the Origins of Culture
The Global Expansion of Homo sapiens and Their Technology
The Neolithic Transition: the Domestication of Plants and Animals
The Emergence of Cities & States
Modern Human Diversity: Race and Racism
Human Adaptation to a Changing World
Characteristics of Culture
Ethnographic Research: Its History, Methods, and Theories
Language and Communication
Social Identity, Personality, and Gender
Patterns of Subsistence
Economic Systems
Sex, Marriage, and Family
Kinship and Descent
Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest, and Class
Politics, Power, and Violence
Spirituality, Religion, and the Supernatural
The Arts
Processes of Change
Global Challenges, Local Responses, and the Role of Anthropology
Glossary
Bibliography
Credits
Index
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