Anthropology The Human Challenge (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-07-30
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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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. A new framework emphasizing connections (between the subfields of anthropology) and the challenge of global interconnections serves to unify the material. Biocultural connections are also emphasized as the authors integrate contemporary research and ideas from several schools of thought, using a lively writing style to engage readers and keep them interested in "real world" anthropology.

Table of Contents

Anthropology: The Challenge of Knowing Humanity
The Essence of Anthropology
Biology and Evolution
Living Primates
Evolution: The Challenge of Understanding Human Origins
Field Methods in Archaeology & Paleoanthropology
Macroevolution and the Early Primates
The Earliest Bipeds
The Genus Homo: Biocultural Challenges
Homo habilis and Cultural Origins
Homo erectus and the Emergence of Hunting & Gathering
Archaic Homo sapiens and the Middle Paleolithic
Homo sapiens and the Upper Paleolithic
Human Biocultural Evolution: The Challenge of Technology & Human Diversity
The Neolithic Revolution: Domestication of Plants & Animals
The Emergence of Cities & States
Modern Human Diversity
Culture and Survival: The Challenge of Communicating, Raising Children, and Staying Alive
The Characteristics of Culture
Language and Communication
Social Identity, Personality, and Gender
Patterns of Subsistence
Economic Systems
Formation of Groups: The Challenge of Cooperation
Sex and Marriage
Family and Household
Kinship and Descent
Grouping by Gender, Age, Common Interest and Class
Search for Order: The Challenge of Disorder
Politics, Power, and Violence
Spirituality, Religion, and the Supernatural
The Arts
Change and the Future: The Challenge of Globalization
Processes of Change
Global Challenges, Local Responses, & the Role of Anthropology
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