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Anthropology For Dummies

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Covers the latest competing theories in the fieldGet a handle on the fundamentals of biological and cultural anthropology

When did the first civilizations arise? How many human languages exist? The answers are found in anthropology - and this friendly guide explains its concepts in clear detail. You'll see how anthropology developed as a science, what it tells us about our
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2008)
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David Roberts
The book I read to research this post was Anthropology For Dummies by Cameron M Smith which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is an introduction to the subject of anthropology and tries to demystify what is often considered a difficult subject. As with a lot of for dummies books it does a good job in that respect. In the old days anthropology was a bit of a quack subject carried out by a few eccentrics and often they were what we call social darwinists and didn't respect ...more
Jurij Fedorov
An interesting and easy read but does leave a lot of science out like all evolutionary psychology, gender studies and a few other things like all the science on Neanderthals after 2008 - and that's quite a bit. It is at times repetitive and could use a new version where all the repetitive parts are deleted making it 20-30 pages shorter. And then deleting all the "this is immoral so don't do this" parts, making it another 30 pages shorter. Still a great read and comes highly recommended, but only ...more
Though I don't like thinking of myself as a dummy, this was a good introductory book.
Cassandra Noelle
This book was brilliant in helping me pass the General Anthropology DSST. It was terrible for everything else. Although this book was well-written and it presents its information in an easy-to-understand way, evolutionary theory was presented as fact and several derogatory statements were made about religion, Christianity, and Intelligent Design. Oh, well. At least I passed the test, but this is not a book that I would chose to read again.
Samrat Sen
Good book for basic understanding of the subject and our past.
Tim Gannon
The study of humanity - to understand ourselves better - to try and not repeat the mistakes of the past - a fascinating and well-written primer - hopefully the insights the field has gleaned will help in my continued evolution as a person of the world : )
K.D. Sarge
Very much worth my time. I needed a foundation to build on, and this book provided it, with some good doses of humor along the way. Some people take offense at the titles of these books. I think that's their loss. I like humor, myself.
OK, primarily strong on the physical anthro component which isn't the part that interests me as much, but probably would be helpful for students interested in "4-field" approach to anthro.
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