Anthropology A Beginner's Guide

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-01
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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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.

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The human bodyp. 10
Ways of thinking and communicatingp. 30
Organizing social relationsp. 50
Engaging with naturep. 68
Personhoodp. 86
Ritual, ceremony, and identityp. 102
Ways of belongingp. 119
The global speciesp. 136
Anthropology in the age of global communicationp. 156
Practising anthropologyp. 173
Further readingp. 184
Indexp. 194
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