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Published: 16 February 2012

528 Pages


ISBN: 9780195392876

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What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Second Edition

Robert H. Lavenda and Emily A. Schultz

  • Covers the material in 15 concise chapters-an ideal length for a one-semester course
  • Addresses issues of power and inequality in the contemporary world, including racism, ethnic discrimination, nationalism, caste, and class
  • Incorporates discussions of gender and feminist anthropology throughout
  • Takes an explicitly global approach, discussing ways in which the spread of capitalism has reshaped how people everywhere live their lives
  • "In Their Own Words" commentaries present new voices and alternative perspectives from nonanthropologists and indigenous peoples
  • "EthnoProfile" boxes provide maps and ethnographic summaries of each society discussed at length in the text
  • Integrates additional pedagogical aids including bolded key terms, a running glossary, chapter summaries, maps, and annotated suggestions for further reading
  • New to This Edition:
  • Significantly updated discussions of genetics and race (chapters 2 and 3) and human origins (chapter 5). New discussions of gender influences on archaeological research (chapter 6), domestication (chapter 7), social organization (chapter 11), nutritional anthropology (chapter 11), and aboriginality (chapter 14). Discussions of economic and political relations have been expanded and are now in separate chapters (11 and 12).
  • "Anthropology in Everyday Life " boxes continually show students the applicability of anthropology (e.g., Forensic anthropology and human rights, Human Terrain Teams and anthropological ethics)
  • "For Review and Discussion " sections at chapter ends include discussion questions and prompts that connect chapters and promote critical thinking
  • Complex discussions are more readable and accessible, presenting basic concepts more concretely before moving into theory and debate
  • Discussions of economic and political relations have been expanded and are now in separate chapters (11 and 12)
  • New "In Their Own Words" commentaries on DNA testing, Reforming the Crow Constitution, the fight over opening Peru's Amazon, gay marriage, attacks on Hungary's gypsies, and slum tourism
  • References and suggested readings have been updated throughout

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