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  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This comprehensive and scientific introduction to the four fields of&anthropology&helps students understand&humans in all their variety, &and&why they got to be that way.& This new edition&highlights&migration and&immigration in the context of&globalization.

Table of Contents

What Is Anthropology?
How We Discover the Past
Human Evolution: Biological and Cultural
Genetics and Evolution
The Living Primates
Primate Evolution: From Early Primates to Hominoids
The First Hominids
The Origins of Culture and the Emergence of Homo
Modern Humans
The Emergence of Homo Sapiens
The Upper Paleolithic World
Origins of Food Production and Settled Life
Origins of Cities and States
Human Variation and Adaptation
Cultural Variation
The Concept of Culture
Theoretical Approaches in Cultural Anthropology
Explanation and Evidence
Communication and Language
Getting Food
Economic Systems
Social Stratification: Class, Ethnicity, and Racism
Sex, Gender, and Culture
Marriage and the Family
Marital Residence and Kinship
Associations and Interest Groups
Political Life: Social Order and Disorder
Psychology and Culture
Religion and Magic
The Arts
Culture Change and Globalization
Using Anthropology
Applied and Practicing Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Global Social Problem
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PREFACE The human species may be the most widespread species in the world today. Humans have been moving tremendous distances ever since Homo erectus moved out of Africa. To highlight this fact, this uniqueness of humans, we have prepared a new box feature for this edition which we call "Migrants and Immigrants." Almost half the chapters now contain a box about some aspect of the movement of people, ranging from prehistory to recent times. Examples are research on when hominids first migrated out of Africa, possible routes humans may have taken in their migration to the Americas, the spread of foods in recent times, arranging marriages in the diaspora, and the problem of refugees. We have decided to reintroduce a separate chapter on theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology, which reviewers suggested. The separate chapter on "Explanation and Evidence" now has new material on ethics in fieldwork and an expanded discussion of cross-cultural research. Ethical issues are also given more attention in various other chapters. In updating the book, we try to go beyond descriptions, as always. We are interested not only in what humans are and were like; we are also interested in why they got to be that way, in all their variety. When there are alternative explanations, we try to communicate the necessity to evaluate them logically as well as on the basis of the available evidence. Throughout the book, we try to communicate that no idea, including ideas put forward in textbooks, should be accepted even tentatively without supporting tests that could have gone the other way.

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