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Humans : An Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology - Alice Beck Kehoe


An Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology

Paperback Published: 18th June 1998
ISBN: 9780415919852
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Humans" presents the breadth of anthropology in a concise textbook planned for use with supplementary ethnographies. Designed for either an introductory four-field or cultural anthropology course, it covers the basic concepts of linguistics, archaeology, physical and cultural anthropology in a readable style with well-chosen illustrative examples. Instructors have found ethnographies most effective for teaching anthropological understanding; this text's brevity permits the instructor to assign several full-length case studies, without skimping the foundation for a holistic aproach.
The text covers the discipline and its major sub-fields, with a minimal use of technical terms. Both photo-essays drawn from the author's own fieldwork and examples taken from popular culture work to engage students, prompting them to question how it is we know what we know. A solid foundational text, "Humans" will suit any program.

"Kehoe's text is purely practical; it relates anthropological concepts to things in the average student's own experience, and it allows the professor much more freedom to aim the course." -Professor Karen Olsen Bruhns, San Francisco State University

Anthropology -- A General Introduction (lays out four fields and defines "humans" and "culture")
Basic Principles(cultural relativism; popular culture may provide "false knowledge" countered by anthropological research)
Humans as Biological Species(characteristics of organisms; of mammals; principles of evolutionary biology)
The Primates(survey of evolution and diversity of primates)
Development of the Genus Homo(hominid evolution)
Variation in Homo Sapiens("race," human geographical populations, genetic drift)
PrehistoryPart I: The Paleolithi Part II: The Neolithic and Urbanization (survey of human prehistory and methods of discovering it)
Communicating -- Anthropological Linguistics (basic linguistics, Sapir-Whorf and George Lakoff; Linton's distinction of form/function/use/meaning)
Analyzing Societies: (I) Cultural Ecology(holistic perspectives; includes concept of habitus as praxis of society and environment)
Analyzing Societies: (II) Economies(emphasizes informal economy, value creation)
Analyzing Societies: (III) Regulation Societies
Social Organization and Power
Kinship Structures (presents law, politics religion and kinship as multiple interlocking means of regulating behavior within societies; emphasis is on dynamics rather than stati "structures")
Analyzing Societies: (IV) Religion (religion as social charter; revitalization as process of culture change)
Conclusion: Looking Us Over
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ISBN: 9780415919852
ISBN-10: 0415919851
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 18th June 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 19.15  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1