Anthropology For Dummies (2nd Edition)

May 4, 2021
Anthropology For Dummies (2nd Edition)

Study the science of all of usAnthropology is the organized study of what makes humans human.It takes an objective step back to view homo sapiens as a speciesand ask questions like: Given our common characteristics, whyaren't all of us exactly the same? Why do people across the worldhave variable skin and hair color and so many inventive ways to sayhello? And how can knowing the reasons behind our differences—aswell as our similarities—teach us useful lessons for the future?The updated edition of Anthropology For Dummies gives you apanoramic view of the fascinating fieldwork and theory that seeksto answer these questions—and helps you view the human worldthrough impartial, anthropological eyes.Keeping the jargon to a minimum, Anthropology For Dummiesexplores the four main subdivisions of the discipline, from theadventurous Indiana Jones territory of archaeology and the hands-onbiological insights provided by our physical nature to the studiousbook-cracking brainwork of cultural and linguistic investigation.Along the way, you'll journey deep into our prehistory where webegin to differentiate ourselves from our primate relatives—andthen fast forward into the possibilities of centuries yet tocome.Explore the history of anthropology and apply its methodsGet a deep, scientific take on contemporary debates such asidentityExcavate the human past through new fossil discoveriesPeer into humanity's future in spaceWhether you're studying anthropology for school or justwant to know more about what makes us humans who we are, this isthe perfect introduction to humanity's past and present—and a clueto what we need to build a better future.