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: 9781442608665
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/06/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 1,116,719
File size: 43 MB
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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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