Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture

By Robert J. Muckle and Laura Tubelle de González

© 2016

Through the Lens of Anthropology is a concise but comprehensive introductory textbook that uses the twin themes of food and sustainability to illustrate the connected nature of anthropology's four major subfields: archaeology, and biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. By viewing the world through the lens of anthropology, students will learn not only about anthropological methods, theories, and ethics, but also the ways in which anthropology is relevant to their everyday lives and embedded in the culture that surrounds them.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, with over 150 full-color images, figures, feature boxes, and maps, this is an anthropology text with a fresh perspective, a lively narrative, and plenty of popular topics that are sure to engage readers. A strong pedagogical framework structures the book: each chapter features learning objectives, glossary terms, and chapter summaries, as well as review and discussion questions which guide students' analysis of the topics, themes, and issues raised in the text. This book is interesting to read, manageable to teach, and succeeds at igniting interest in anthropology as a discipline.

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  • Page Count: 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.3in x 0.8in x 10.1in
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Through the Lens of Anthropology is a concise but comprehensive introductory textbook that uses the twin themes of food and sustainability to illustrate the connected nature of anthropology's four major subfields: archaeology, and biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology.

Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture

By Robert J. Muckle and Laura Tubelle de González

© 2016

Through the Lens of Anthropology is a concise but comprehensive introductory textbook that uses the twin themes of food and sustainability to illustrate the connected nature of anthropology's four major subfields: archaeology, and biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. By viewing the world through the lens of anthropology, students will learn not only about anthropological methods, theories, and ethics, but also the ways in which anthropology is relevant to their everyday lives and embedded in the culture that surrounds them.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, with over 150 full-color images, figures, feature boxes, and maps, this is an anthropology text with a fresh perspective, a lively narrative, and plenty of popular topics that are sure to engage readers. A strong pedagogical framework structures the book: each chapter features learning objectives, glossary terms, and chapter summaries, as well as review and discussion questions which guide students' analysis of the topics, themes, and issues raised in the text. This book is interesting to read, manageable to teach, and succeeds at igniting interest in anthropology as a discipline.

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.3in x 0.8in x 10.1in
  • Reviews

    "This book provides a clearly organized and well-written introduction to anthropology on the traditional American
    four-field model. It achieves this in a very efficient manner, canvassing the field in less than 350 pages. It is,
    as advertised, ‘[b]eautifully illustrated throughout’ with the now standard pedagogical aids of glossary, learning
    objectives, summary, and review questions (back cover). It is intended for use as an introductory textbook at the
    undergraduate level. The authors are experienced instructors working in community colleges in Canada and the
    U.S.A., and their writing expresses ideas in a straightforward manner. The book has the elegant, focused economy
    that significant experience teaching the subject to undergraduates can bring. Subtle continuities weave together a
    discussion that has a coherent, overarching vision."
    Kendall House, Anthropos

    Many students will take just one elective course in anthropology. For that reason, it is important to use a textbook written for the student, and one they will enjoy reading, not a text written just to appeal to the professor. Through the Lens of Anthropology is the one textbook that achieves this goal. Highly recommended.
    Vaughn M. Bryant, Texas A&M University

    Through the Lens of Anthropology is an innovative and exciting book—not something I say lightly about a textbook! The examples are effective, the text is engaging, and the themes of food and sustainability provide enough flexibility to allow me to match the text to my own teaching goals. It is also the first truly North American approach to four-field anthropology to cross my desk. This is a book that will appeal to instructors and students alike, and one that I look forward to using.
    Erin Halstad McGuire, University of Victoria
  • Author Information

    Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of several textbooks, includingIntroducing Archaeology (second edition, 2014) and Indigenous Peoples of North America (2012); writes an online monthly column for Anthropology News; and is actively engaged on Twitter (@bobmuckle) in anthropology and archaeology related discussions.


    Laura Tubelle de González is Professor of Anthropology and the faculty Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at San Diego Miramar College in Southern California, United States. She has won several teaching awards and is a past president of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, a section of the American Anthropological Association that focuses on teaching anthropology.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    List of Boxes
    Acknowledgments
    About the Authors
    Preface
    Note to Instructors
    Note to Students

    1. Introduction: Viewing the World through the Lens of Anthropology
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Defining Anthropology, Defining Human, and Defining Culture
    The Four Fields and Applied Anthropology
    The Anthropological Perspective
    History of Anthropology, Mostly in North America
    Situating Anthropology
    The Importance of Anthropology in an Increasingly Connected World
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    2. We Are Primates: The Primate Background
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Primate Taxonomy
    Primate Evolution
    Primate Behavior
    Primates in Crisis: Ecological Stability and Critical Thinking
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    3. Evolutionary Thought and Theory
    Leaning Objectives
    Introduction
    The Nature of Science
    History of Evolutionary Thought and Theory
    Modern Evolutionary Theory
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    4. Human Biological Evolution
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Palaeoanthropology—Methods, Concepts, and Issues
    Defining Hominins
    Becoming Bipedal
    The First Hominins
    The Genus Homo
    Summary of Trends in Human Biological Evolution
    The Concept of Race
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    5. Human Cultural Evolution from 2.5 Million to 20,000 Years Ago
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    The Archaeological Record
    The Problems of Archaeological Visibility and Bias
    Overview of Cultural Evolution to 20,000 Years Ago
    Expanding Territories
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    6. Cultural Evolution from 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Principal Cultural Periods
    Archaeology of North America from 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago
    The Transition to Food Production
    Settlement and Technology
    Changes in Social and Political Systems
    Civilizations, Writing, and Art
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    7. Archaeology of the Last 5,000 Years
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Ancient Civilizations
    Population Estimates, Continued Colonization, and Maintaining Diversity
    The Last 5,000 Years in North America
    Archaeology of Recent Times, Excluding Civilizations
    World Heritage
    Archaeology of the Contemporary World
    Pseudoarchaeology
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    8. Studying Culture
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    The Culture Concept
    Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
    Cultural Adaptation and Maladaptation
    The Functions of Culture
    Personality Development
    Fieldwork Methods and Ethics
    Digital Ethnography
    Applied Anthropology
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    9. Language and Culture
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Language and Communication: Signs and Symbols
    Language Origins
    Studying Language through the Lens of Anthropology
    Nonverbal Communication
    Ethnolinguistics
    Language in the Digital Age
    Language Change and Loss
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    10. Food-Getting and Economics
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Adaptive Strategies: Food Foragers and Food Producers
    Food Foragers
    Economic Resources: Who Gets What and How?
    Food Producers
    The Human Diet
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    11. Marriage, Family, and Gender
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Marriage
    Spouses: How Many and Who Is Eligible?
    Family Residence Patterns
    Marriage as Economic Exchange
    Kinship Descent Patterns
    Gender Roles: Patterned by Culture
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    12. Politics: Keeping Order
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Use of Power
    Social Controls and Conflict Resolution
    Types of Political Organization
    Social Inequality
    Ethnic Politics
    Violence and War
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    13. Supernaturalism
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    Studying Belief Systems
    Sacred Roles
    Religious Practitioners
    Religious Resistance
    Supernatural Beliefs and Cultural Expression
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    14. Anthropology and Sustainability
    Learning Objectives
    Introduction
    History of Human-Environmental Issues
    Defining Sustainability
    Anthropological Approaches to Sustainability Studies
    Issues in Sustainability Studies
    How Can Anthropologists Help?
    Summary
    Review Questions
    Discussion Questions

    Glossary
    References
    Index

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