Anthropology A Brief Introduction

ISBN-10: 0130979554

ISBN-13: 9780130979551

Edition: 5th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Carol R. Ember, Ember
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Description: This brief, concise version of Ember/Ember's larger best-selling book explores the significant achievements in physical and cultural anthropology. It is interested not only in what humans are and were like, butwhy they got to be that way, in all their variety. A four-part organization introduce readers to what anthropology is, discusses biological and cultural evolution, considers cultural variation, and highlights the applicable and practical uses of the field. For those considering a career in anthropology, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how research of the past can suggest possible solutions to various global social problems of today.

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List price: $94.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 6/20/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 553
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Boxes
Preface
About the Authors
Introduction to Anthropology
What Is Anthropology?
The Scope of Anthropology
The Holistic Approach
The Anthropological Curiosity
Fields of Anthropology
Applied Anthropology
The Relevance of Anthropology
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Human Evolution: Biological and Cultural
Evolution
The Principles of Natural Selection
Heredity
Sources of Variability
The Origin of Species
Natural Selection of Behavioral Traits
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Primate Evolution: From Early Primates to Hominids
Common Primate Traits
Distinctive Human Traits
Interpreting the Fossil Record
The Emergence of Primates
The Emergence of Anthropoids
The Miocene Anthropoids: Monkeys, Apes, and Hominids
The Divergence of Hominids from the Other Hominoids
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Early Hominids and Their Cultures
Trends in Hominid Evolution
Australopithecines: The Earliest Definite Hominids
Early Species of Homo
Early Hominid Cultures
Homo erectus
Homo erectus Cultures
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
The Emergence of Homo sapiens and Their Cultures
The Transition from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens
Neandertals and Other Definite Homo sapiens
Middle Paleolithic Cultures
The Emergence of Modern Humans
Upper Paleolithic Cultures
The Earliest Humans and Their Cultures in the New World
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Human Variation
Processes in Human Variation
Physical Variation in Human Populations
Race and Racism
The Future of Human Variation
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
The Emergence of Food Production and the Rise of States
Preagricultural Developments
The Domestication of Plants and Animals
Why Did Food Production Develop?
Consequences of the Rise of Food Production
Origins of Cities and States
Archaeological Inferences About Civilization
Cities and States in Southern Iraq
Cities and States in Mesoamerica
The City and State of Teotihuacan
The First Cities and States in Other Areas
Theories About the Origin of the State
The Decline and Collapse of States
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Cultural Variation
The Concept of Culture
Defining Features of Culture
Attitudes That Hinder the Study of Cultures
Cultural Relativism
Describing a Culture
Some Assumptions about Culture
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Communication and Language
Communication
The Origins of Language
Structural Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
The Processes of Linguistic Divergence
Relationships Between Language and Culture
The Ethnography of Speaking
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Getting Food
Food Collection
Food Production
Environmental Restraints on Food-Getting
The Origin, Spread, and Intensification of Food Production
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Economics and Social Stratification
The Allocation of Resources
The Conversion of Resources
The Distribution of Goods and Services
Social Stratification
Slavery
The Emergence of Stratification
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Sex, Gender, and Culture
Physique and Physiology
Gender Roles
Relative Contribution to Subsistence
Political Leadership and Warfare
The Relative Status of Women
Personality Differences
Sexuality
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Marriage and the Family
Marriage
Why Is Marriage Universal?
How Does One Marry?
Restrictions on Marriage: The Universal Incest Taboo
Whom Should One Marry?
How Many Does One Marry?
The Family
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Marital Residence and Kinship
Patterns of Marital Residence
Explanations of Variation in Residence
The Structure of Kinship
Bilateral Kinship
Unilineal Descent
Ambilineal Systems
Kinship Terminology
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Political Life: Social Order and Disorder
Variation in Types of Political Organization
Variation in Political Process
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Religion and Magic
Variation in Religious Beliefs
Variation in Religious Practices
Religion and Adaptation
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Anthropology in The Modern World
Applied Anthropology and Social Problems
Applied and Practicing Anthropology
Global Social Problems: Basic Research and Possible Solutions
Making the World Better
Summary
Glossary Terms
Critical Questions
Internet Exercises
Glossary
Notes
Index
Index to the Notes
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