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Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human?
A unique alternative to more traditional, encyclopedic introductory texts, Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human? takes a question-oriented approach that illuminates major concepts for students. Structuring each chapter around an important question, the authors explore what it means to be human, incorporating answers from all four subfields of anthropology--cultural ...more
Paperback, 540 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Brilliant textbook that takes a pragmatic and multi-disciplinary approach to beginner's anthropological knowledge. Case studies present aspects of field work to the student, a critical element in anthropology that is typically lacking in primary ANTH education. Easy to follow with a superb glossary. One of the best texts I've used to date.
Textbook for Introduction to Anthropology course at my university. Explains anthropological concepts very well so that someone who has never studied the subject before (like me) can easily grasp it. Interesting case studies presented throughout to reinforce concepts.
I have no other Anthropology texts to compare it to (hence the 3 stars), but I enjoyed this text. It felt like a thorough and engaging introduction to the field. On the down side, it did feel a bit editorial at times, placing some positions' terms in quotes while leaving other positions' terms without quotes.