Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture

Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture

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Overview

Through the Lens of Anthropology is a concise but comprehensive introductory textbook that uses the twin themes of food and sustainability to illustrate the connected nature of anthropology's four major subfields: archaeology, and biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. By viewing the world through the lens of anthropology, students will learn not only about anthropological methods, theories, and ethics, but also the ways in which anthropology is relevant to their everyday lives and embedded in the culture that surrounds them.


Beautifully illustrated throughout, with over 150 full-color images, figures, feature boxes, and maps, this is an anthropology text with a fresh perspective, a lively narrative, and plenty of popular topics that are sure to engage readers. A strong pedagogical framework structures the book: each chapter features learning objectives, glossary terms, and chapter summaries, as well as review and discussion questions which guide students' analysis of the topics, themes, and issues raised in the text. This book is interesting to read, manageable to teach, and succeeds at igniting interest in anthropology as a discipline.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442608641
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/06/2015
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.29(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University.


Laura Tubelle de González is a professor of anthropology at San Diego Miramar College in Southern California.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Textboxes

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Preface

Note to Instructors

Note to Students



1. Introduction: Viewing the World through the Lens of Anthropology

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Defining Anthropology, Defining Human, and Defining Culture

The Four Fields and Applied Anthropology

The Anthropological Perspective

History of Anthropology, Mostly in North America

Situating Anthropology

The Importance of Anthropology in an Increasingly Connected World

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



2. We Are Primates: The Primate Background

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Primate Taxonomy

Primate Evolution

Primate Behavior

Primates in Crisis: Ecological Stability and Critical Thinking

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



3. Evolutionary Thought and Theory

Leaning Objectives

Introduction

The Nature of Science

History of Evolutionary Thought and Theory

Modern Evolutionary Theory

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



4. Human Biological Evolution

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Palaeoanthropology—Methods, Concepts, and Issues

Defining Hominins

Becoming Bipedal

The First Hominins

The Genus Homo

Summary of Trends in Human Biological Evolution

The Concept of Race

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



5. Human Cultural Evolution from 2.5 Million to 20,000 Years Ago

Learning Objectives

Introduction

The Archaeological Record

The Problems of Archaeological Visibility and Bias

Overview of Cultural Evolution to 20,000 Years Ago

Expanding Territories

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



6. Cultural Evolution from 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Principal Cultural Periods

Archaeology of North America from 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago

The Transition to Food Production

Settlement and Technology

Changes in Social and Political Systems

Civilizations, Writing, and Art

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



7. Archaeology of the Last 5,000 Years

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Ancient Civilizations

Population Estimates, Continued Colonization, and Maintaining Diversity

The Last 5,000 Years in North America

Archaeology of Recent Times, Excluding Civilizations

World Heritage

Archaeology of the Contemporary World

Pseudoarchaeology

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



8. Studying Culture

Learning Objectives

Introduction

The Culture Concept

Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism

Cultural Adaptation and Maladaptation

The Functions of Culture

Personality Development

Fieldwork Methods and Ethics

Digital Ethnography

Applied Anthropology

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



9. Language and Culture

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Language and Communication: Signs and Symbols

Language Origins

Studying Language through the Lens of Anthropology

Nonverbal Communication

Ethnolinguistics

Language in the Digital Age

Language Change and Loss

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



10. Food-Getting and Economics

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Adaptive Strategies: Food Foragers and Food Producers

Food Foragers

Economic Resources: Who Gets What and How?

Food Producers

The Human Diet

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



11. Marriage, Family, and Gender

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Marriage

Spouses: How Many and Who Is Eligible?

Family Residence Patterns

Marriage as Economic Exchange

Kinship Descent Patterns

Gender Roles: Patterned by Culture

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



12. Politics: Keeping Order

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Use of Power

Social Controls and Conflict Resolution

Types of Political Organization

Social Inequality

Ethnic Politics

Violence and War

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



13. Supernaturalism

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Studying Belief Systems

Sacred Roles

Religious Practitioners

Religious Resistance

Supernatural Beliefs and Cultural Expression

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



14. Anthropology and Sustainability

Learning Objectives

Introduction

History of Human-Environmental Issues

Defining Sustainability

Anthropological Approaches to Sustainability Studies

Issues in Sustainability Studies

How Can Anthropologists Help?

Summary

Review Questions

Discussion Questions



Glossary

References

Index

What People are Saying About This

Erin Halstad McGuire

Through the Lens of Anthropology is an innovative and exciting book—not something I say lightly about a textbook! The examples are effective, the text is engaging, and the themes of food and sustainability provide enough flexibility to allow me to match the text to my own teaching goals. It is also the first truly North American approach to four-field anthropology to cross my desk. This is a book that will appeal to instructors and students alike, and one that I look forward to using.

Vaughn M. Bryant

Many students will take just one elective course in anthropology. For that reason, it is important to use a textbook written for the student, and one they will enjoy reading, not a text written just to appeal to the professor. Through the Lens of Anthropology is the one textbook that achieves this goal. Highly recommended.

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