Written by one of the prominent scholars in the field, this concise, up-to-date text provides a carefully balanced introduction to core topics in the four subfields of general anthropology–physical anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology–as well as contemporary changes in the field. Since no single or monolithic theoretical perspective orients this book, instructors with a wide range of views and approaches can use it effectively. The combination of brevity and readability make Window on Humanity a perfect match for general anthropology courses that use readings or ethnographies along with a main text.
About the Author
Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968. In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan. In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. Professor Kottak has done fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. In current research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.
This book is an excellent example of education made relative. It was easy enough to read for the college level and gave enough detail for basic knowledge of anthropology.
This is an interesting and easy textbook to read and follow. The chapters are layed out in a way that it builds on each area that you have already read, so it helps you understand and retain the information that you are learning. It includes real life examples within the text, which always help you relate the information.
Product Details :
- Series: Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Anthropology (Book 5)
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (September 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0078034892
- ISBN-13: 978-0078034893
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches