First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Anthropology--A General 1 (12)
Introduction The four sub-fields of
anthropology. Definitions of the basic
concepts "humans" and "culture".
Chapter 2 Knowing What We Know Systematic 13 (10)
scientific knowledge contrasted with "popular
knowledge" that may be false or inconsistent;
the principle of cultural relativism that
seeks to understand the environmental and
historical factors influencing a particular
Chapter 3 Humans as a Biological Species 23 (14)
Principles of evolutionary biology, basic
Chapter 4 The Primates Survey of the 37 (12)
evolution and diversity of primates.
Chapter 5 Development of the Genus Homo 49 (16)
Evolution of hominids to our present species.
Chapter 6 Variation in Homo Sapiens Human 65 (10)
geographical populations, the role of genetic
drift, adaptation, and the difference between
biological use of the term "race" and popular
Chapter 7 Prehistory Part I: The 75 (40)
Paleolithic Part II: The Neolithic and
Urbanization Survey of human prehistory and
methods of discovering it.
Chapter 8 Analyzing Societies: Communicating 115(14)
Basic linguistics; the Sapir-Whorf
principle; metaphor in thinking;
socio-linguistics; Linton's distinction of
Chapter 9 Analyzing Societies: (I.) Cultural 129(16)
Ecology The holistic perspective, including
the concept of habitus as praxis of society
Chapter 10 Analyzing Societies: (II.) 145(24)
Economics The informal economy; principle
of reciprocity; social creation of value.
Chapter 11 Analyzing Societies: (III.) 169(30)
Regulating Societies Part I: Social
Organization and Power Part II: Kinship
Structures The dynamics of law, politics,
religion and kinship as multiple interlocking
means of regulating behavior within societies.
Chapter 12 Analyzing Societies: (IV.) 199(18)
Religion Religion as social charter; civil
religion; revitalization as process of
culture change; rites of passage.
Chapter 13 Conclusion: Looking Us Over 217(7)
Development of anthropology from nineteenth
century to present.
To Follow up Your Interest: Further Readings 231(4)