Introducing Anthropology is the first book of its kind. It offers a serious but accessible introduction to anthropology and is the perfect starting point for anyone new to the subject. Across a series of fourteen chapters, it addresses the different fields and approaches within anthropology, covers an extensive range of themes, and emphasizes the role of anthropology in the world today.
Written by two authors with a passion for teaching and a commitment to communicating the excitement of anthropology, the book has been carefully designed to support and extend students learning. Each chapter includes:
clear explanations of classic and contemporary anthropological research
help with connecting anthropological theories to real-life issues
links to globalization
interviews with key anthropologists about their work and the discipline as a whole
a lively range of activities and discussion points
ideas for personal investigations
suggested ethnographic films and further reading
a clear glossary
a focus on developing examination and writing skills.
Introducing Anthropology aims to inspire and enthuse a new generation of anthropologists. It is suitable for a range of different readers, from students studying the subject at school-level to university students looking for a clear and engaging entry point into anthropology.
Laura Pountney is an Anthropology Senior Examiner and teaches at Colchester Sixth Form College Tomislav Maric teaches anthropology at Heston Community School
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction to the Book Chapter 1: What Makes Us Human? Chapter 2: The Body Chapter 3: Ways of Thinking and Communicating Chapter 4: Organizing Social Relations Chapter 5: Engaging with Nature Chapter 6: Personhood Chapter 7: Identity Chapter 8: Ritual Chapter 9: Gender Chapter 10: Boundaries Chapter 11: Globalization Chapter 12: The Role of Material Culture Chapter 13: Research Methods Chapter 14: Applied Anthropology Glossary Bibliography