Introducing AnthropologyWhat Makes Us Human?
Introducing Anthropology
What Makes Us Human?
<i>Introducing Anthropology</i> 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.

<i>Introducing Anthropology</i> 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.
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  • September 2015
  • 352 pages
  • 195 x 260 mm / 8 x 10 in
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  • 9780745699783
Table of Contents
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                

About the Author
Laura Pountney was a senior examiner for Anthropology? and delivers teaching training for secondary education.
Tomislav Marić teaches anthropology at Heston Community School
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"A lively and comprehensive introduction to a broad range of anthropological themes, peppered with ethnographic examples showcasing the diversity of human lives and societies, this book fills a gap and not only reveals the knowledge contributions of anthropology but also gives a hint of its magic."
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo

"A thorough introduction to anthropology which is as engaging as it is informative. A must-read for all students starting in the subject, as well as an excellent book for those who simply want to know more about the subject matter and methods of anthropology."
Dave Latham, Birmingham Metropolitan College

"A classroom text written by teachers for teachers. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
David Shankland, Director, Royal Anthropological Institute

"As an introduction to anthropology, this textbook, created with the support of the Royal Anthropological Institute, contains a wide selection of topics suited not only for A-level students but also first-year undergraduates and anyone curious about the scope of the discipline; it serves as a perfect starting point for further investigation of the nuanced issues anthropologists choose to focus on."
International Journal of Anthropology

"What makes the textbook even more captivating, apart from its suitably chosen topics, is its focus on active classroom engagement and independent exploration, prompted through the numerous lively activities, discussion points and ideas for personal investigation that accompany every chapter. The text also serves as an invaluable beginner’s guide to the often intimidating language of anthropological theory and practice, providing intuitively organized glossaries containing accessible definitions of high-level concepts. […] Because of its clarity and approachability, the book will be a useful companion to introductory courses to anthropology at both university and pre-university level, as well as to anyone who is new to the subject."
Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford
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