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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
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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
Margaret
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.
Marcela
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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