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Introduction to Anthropology

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Jennifer Hasty, University of Pennsylvania

David G. Lewis, Oregon State University

Marjorie M. Snipes, University of West Georgia

Copyright Year: 2022

ISBN 13: 9781951693992

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Katherine Fox, Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University on 11/2/22

This is a comprehensive four-field introduction to anthropology that is clearly organized, with a complete index. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1  What Is Anthropology?
  • Chapter 2  Methods: Cultural and Archaeological
  • Chapter 3  Culture Concept Theory: Theories of Cultural Change
  • Chapter 4  Biological Evolution and Early Human Evidence
  • Chapter 5  The Genus Homo and the Emergence of Us
  • Chapter 6  Language and Communication
  • Chapter 7  Work, Life, and Value: Economic Anthropology
  • Chapter 8  Authority, Decisions, and Power: Political Anthropology
  • Chapter 9  Social Inequality
  • Chapter 10  The Global Impact of Human Migration
  • Chapter 11  Forming Family through Kinship
  • Chapter 12  Gender and Sexuality
  • Chapter 13  Religion and Culture
  • Chapter 14  Anthropology of Food
  • Chapter 15  Anthropology of Media
  • Chapter 16  Art, Music, and Sport
  • Chapter 17  Medical Anthropology
  • Chapter 18  Human-Animal Relationship
  • Chapter 19  Indigenous Anthropology
  • Chapter 20  Anthropology on the Ground

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  • About the Book

    Designed to meet the scope and sequence of your course, OpenStax Introduction to Anthropology is a four-field text integrating diverse voices, engaging field activities, and meaningful themes like Indigenous experiences and social inequality to engage students and enrich learning. The text showcases the historical context of the discipline, with a strong focus on anthropology as a living and evolving field.  There is significant discussion of recent efforts to make the field more diverse—in its practitioners, in the questions it asks, and in the applications of anthropological research to address contemporary challenges.  In addressing social inequality, the text drives readers to consider the rise and impact of social inequalities based on forms of identity and difference (such as gender, ethnicity, race, and class) as well as oppression and discrimination. The contributors to and dangers of socioeconomic inequality are fully addressed, and the role of inequality in social dysfunction, disruption, and change is noted.

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    Jennifer Hasty, University of Pennsylvania

    David G. Lewis, Oregon State University

    Marjorie M. Snipes, University of West Georgia

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