By Luke Eric Lassiter
In this concise creation to cultural anthropology, now in its 4th variation, Lassiter takes a clean and available method of stimulating scholar curiosity within the human event. He makes use of well timed and fascinating examples to show off the continuing relevance of anthropology at the present time. He additionally explores how the anthropological standpoint may be utilized to real-world difficulties at the neighborhood, nearby, and worldwide scale.
The 4th version good points updates and clarifications in the course of the textual content, together with accelerated dialogue of evolution, language, fieldwork, gender identities, and trust platforms. New “Anthropology right here and Now” sidebars motivate readers to delve deeper into specific matters and to hook up with present and ongoing conversations between operating anthropologists. Taken as an entire, the ebook serves as an amazing textual content for introductory undergraduate courses.
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2 Anthropology, the subfields, applied anthropology, holism, comparativism—I know this is a lot to think about. But what does it all mean? These organizing concepts are important because they constitute the conceptual tools that anthropologists use to critique simplistic notions of human diversity—a critique begun by those like Boas and carried out by succeeding generations of anthropologists. Anthropology, the subfields, applied anthropology, holism, and comparativism are thus core concepts that anthropologists use to build a more complex understanding of human biology and culture.
131. 20. , 54–80, 127–42. 21. Marks, Human Biodiversity, 77–97. 22. See Samuel R. Cook, Monacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in Appalachia (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000), 84–134. See also J. David Smith, The Eugenic Assault on America: Scenes in Red, White, and Black (Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press, 1993). 23. Excerpted from Marks, Human Biodiversity, 85. 24. , 88. 25. , 88–89. 26. , 89–95. 27. The following discussion is eclectically based on, first, Franz Boas’s writings, especially Franz Boas, “The Limitations of the Comparative Method in Anthropology,” Science 4 (1896): 901–8, The Central Eskimo (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1964 ), Anthropology and Modern Life (New York: Norton, 1928), and Race, Language, and Culture (New York: Free Press, 1940); and, second, more general descriptions of Boas’s role within the overall emergence of anthropology—see, for example, Douglas Cole, Franz Boas: The Early Years, 1858–1906 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999), Melville Jean Herskovits, Franz Boas: The Science of Man in the Making (New York: Scribner, 1953), George W.
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Invitation to Anthropology by Luke Eric Lassiter