Download e-book for iPad: Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural by Conrad Kottak

By Conrad Kottak

ISBN-10: 0073531049

ISBN-13: 9780073531045

Written by means of a sought after student within the box, this concise, up to date creation to cultural anthropology conscientiously balances insurance of middle themes with modern adjustments within the box. due to the fact that no unmarried or monolithic theoretical viewpoint orients this publication, teachers with a variety of perspectives and methods can use it successfully. the combo of brevity and clarity make replicate for Humanity an ideal fit for cultural anthropology classes that use readings or ethnographies in addition to a primary textual content.

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The biology, evolution, behavior, and social life of monkeys, apes, and other nonhuman primates. These interests link physical anthropology to other fields: biology, zoology, geology, anatomy, physiology, medicine, and public health. Osteology—the study of bones—helps paleoanthropologists, who examine skulls, teeth, and bones, to identify human ancestors and to chart changes in anatomy over time. A paleontologist is a scientist who studies fossils. A paleoanthropologist is one sort of paleontologist, one who studies the fossil record of human evolution.

Indd Page 15 7/31/09 10:46:08 /Users/user-s173/Desktop/TEMPWORK/JULY/31:07:09/MHDQ152 PM user-s173 The Subdisciplines of Anthropology 15 of trade. Similarities in manufacture and decoration at different sites may be proof of cultural connections. Groups with similar pots may be historically related. Perhaps they shared common cultural ancestors, traded with each other, or belonged to the same political system. Many archaeologists examine paleoecology. Ecology is the study of interrelations among living things in an environment.

Cultures are not isolated. ” Human populations construct their cultures in interaction with one another, and not in isolation” (Wolf 1982, p. ix). Villagers increasingly participate in regional, national, and world events. Exposure to external forces comes through the mass media, migration, and modern transportation. City and nation increasingly invade local communities with the arrival of tourists, development agents, government and religious officials, and political candidates. Such linkages are prominent components of regional, national, and international systems of politics, economics, and information.

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