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This is a comprehensive four-field introduction to anthropology that is clearly organized, with a complete index. read more
This is a comprehensive four-field introduction to anthropology that is clearly organized, with a complete index.
I saw no issues in the content.
It is definitely a more up-to-date textbook than many offered by traditional publishers, but many of the "modern" examples are still drawing from the early 2010s. The section on digital and new media feels underdeveloped for 2022. I do think that the format will allow updates with relative ease.
Clear language with ample definitions and explanations.
Generally speaking, it is consistent. However, many sections are treated as independent topics and do not always clearly link to and reference other material covered earlier in the book, so in some ways this is not applicable.
Blocks of text are often larger than is comfortable to read online. Sections of the book can be printed without major issues, though there is some disruption of graphics.
Clear structure. While each chapter covers a different topic that is often very separate from others, the sections within the chapters follows a clear and logical sequence.
No problems with the online interface.
No grammatical errors; sentences are clear and well-written.
The book uses diverse examples to illustrate anthropological concepts. Though it feels as though its target audience is American, different regions of the world feel evenly represented (i.e., the book doesn't overwhelmingly focus on one area, such as Southeast Asia or Latin America).
This is a really great textbook option for four-field anthropology classes. I don't think that it replaces textbooks that are specifically for introductory cultural anthropology courses, at least without supplementation with other materials.
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
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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