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Anthropology For Dummies (For Dummies)

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Covers the latest competing theories in the field Get 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
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though I don't like thinking of myself as a dummy, this was a good introductory book.
Benjamin Barnes
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is goes into Great Detail about our Ancestors and our Cultures Beautifully written and very entertaining. Check this out. One of the best For Dummies books I've read
محمد الأمين الوقف
This is an ideal introduction for anyone who would want to learn about this fascinating subject.
It gives an overview and a pretty clear idea on anthropology and all of it's sub-fields.
I would definitely recommend it.
Cassandra Noelle
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: college-plus
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.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great resource for learning the essentials and basics of Anthropology, especially if you're writing a novel, or paper that pertains to the study of Anthropology. It gives you an understanding of the field, the ins and outs.
K.D. Sarge
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Tim Gannon
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 : )
Ramon Mirabal
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is ecxellently written,it is very informative in a smooth way ;I recommend it to anyone curious enough towards ourselves!

This book is excellenttly written,it is very informative in a smooth way;I recommend it to anyone curious enough towards ourselves!
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Rose B.
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect selection for those who are considering going into this amazing field. I haven't made much time for it, but it really explains anthropology in an easy-to-grasp kind of way.
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