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Brief Table of Contents
Part I Introduction
CHAPTER 1 What Is Anthropology?
CHAPTER 2 History of Anthropological Theory
CHAPTER 3 Research Methods in Anthropology
Part II Human Evolution
CHAPTER 4 Genetics and Evolution
CHAPTER 5 Human Variation and Adaptation
CHAPTER 6 The Living Primates
CHAPTER 7 Primate Evolution: From Early Primates to Hominoids
CHAPTER 8 The First Hominids
Part III Cultural Evolution
CHAPTER 9 The Origins of Culture and the Emergence of Homo
CHAPTER 10 The Emergence of Homo sapiens
CHAPTER 11 The Upper Paleolithic World
CHAPTER 12 Origins of Food Production and Settled Life
CHAPTER 13 Origins of Cities and States
Part IV Cultural Variation
CHAPTER 14 Culture and Culture Change
CHAPTER 15 Communication and Language
CHAPTER 16 Getting Food
CHAPTER 17 Economic Systems
CHAPTER 18 Social Stratification: Class, Ethnicity, and Racism
CHAPTER 19 Culture and the Individual
CHAPTER 20 Sex, Gender, and Culture
CHAPTER 21 Marriage and the Family
CHAPTER 22 Marital Residence and Kinship
CHAPTER 23 Associations and Interest Groups
CHAPTER 24 Political Life: Social Order and Disorder
CHAPTER 25 Religion and Magic
CHAPTER 26 The Arts
Part V Using Anthropology
CHAPTER 27 Applied, Practicing, and Medical Anthropology
CHAPTER 28 Global Problems
New Features of Anthropology, 13e:
- Fresh, colorful redesign
- Visually engages the reader.
- Streamlined coverage (now only 28 chapters)
- For example, what was a separate chapter on medical anthropology is now part of a larger chapter on applied anthropology...
- And information on medical anthropology is now found in relevant places elsewhere in the text.
- Culture change and the impact of globalization
- Chapter 14 “Culture and Culture Change” appears closer to the beginning of the book.
- Thoroughly revised approach to anthropological method and theory
- A single chapter now presents anthropological research within the framework of the scientific process...
- And now represents important theoretical perspectives used by anthropologists as a whole.
- Applied Anthropology boxes (appear in each chapter)
- These boxes offer an additional way to show how anthropology helps people lead better lives.
- DK maps are referenced throughout the text and appear at the end of the book.
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New Perspectives on Gender boxes explain issues pertaining to sex and gender, both in anthropology and everyday life.
Examples includes sexism in language; separate women’s associations and women’s status and power; morality in women versus men.
Migrants and Immigrants boxes explore how migration and immigration have impacted recent and contemporary social life.
Applied Anthropology Boxes provide students a better understanding of the vast range of issues to which anthropological knowledge can be usefully applied.
Carol R. Ember
started at Antioch College as a chemistry major. She began taking social science courses because some were required, but she soon found herself intrigued. There were lots of questions without answers, and she became excited about the possibility of a research career in social science. She spent a year in graduate school at Cornell studying sociology before continuing on to Harvard, where she studied anthropology primarily with John and Beatrice Whiting. For her Ph.D. dissertation she worked among the Luo of Kenya. While there she noticed that many boys were assigned "girls' work," such as babysitting and household chores, because their mothers (who did most of the agriculture) did not have enough girls to help out. She decided to study the possible effects of task assignment on the social behavior of boys. Using systematic behavior observations, she compared girls, boys who did a great deal of girls' work, and boys who did little such work. She found that boys assigned girls' work were intermediate in many social behaviors, compared with the other boys and girls. Later, she did cross-cultural research on variation in marriage, family, descent groups, and war and peace, mainly in collaboration with Melvin Ember, whom she married in 1970. All of these cross-cultural studies tested theories on data for worldwide samples of societies. From 1970 to 1996, she taught at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has also served as president of the Society of Cross-Cultural Research and was one of the directors of the Summer Institutes in Comparative Anthropological Research, which were funded by the National Science Foundation. She is now executive director at the Human Relations Area Files, Inc., a nonprofit research agency at Yale University.
After graduating from Columbia College, Melvin Ember went to Yale University for his Ph.D. His mentor at Yale was George Peter Murdock, an anthropologist who was instrumental in promoting cross-cultural research and building a full-text database on the cultures of the world to facilitate cross-cultural hypothesis testing. This database came to be known as the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) because it was originally sponsored by the Institute of Human Relations at Yale. Growing in annual installments and now distributed in electronic format, the HRAF database currently covers more than 370 cultures, past and present, all over the world. He did fieldwork for his dissertation in American Samoa, where he conducted a comparison of three villages to study the effects of commercialization on political life. In addition, he did research on descent groups and how they changed with the increase of buying and selling. His cross-cultural studies focused originally on variation in marital residence and descent groups. He also conducted cross-cultural research on the relationship between economic and political development, the origin and extension of the incest taboo, the causes of polygamy, and how archaeological correlates of social customs can help draw inferences about the past. After four years of research at the National Institute of Mental Health, he taught at Antioch College and then Hunter College of the City University of New York. Heserved as president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research and was president (since 1987) of the Human Relations Area Files, Inc., a nonprofit research agency at Yale University, until his passing.