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Anthropology: The Exploration of Human Diversity

Anthropology: The Exploration of Human Diversity

Conrad Kottak
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McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 13 edition (October 7, 2008)
Social Sciences
A recent National Academy of Sciences inductee, Conrad Phillip Kottak offers an up-to-date holistic introduction to general anthropology from the four-field perspective. Kottak emphasizes why anthropology should matter to students and how students can use anthropology to better understand themselves. "Bringing It All Together" essays found on the online learning center demonstrate the integrated and comparative nature of anthropology. New "Through the Eyes of Others" essays offer the perspectives of foreign students and recent graduates who present their own cultures of origin in contrast with contemporary American culture. Thought-provoking questions now begin each chapter to highlight key themes and spark discussions and critical thinking.
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7 Reviews
  • This book is 2-part.

    The first part involves Physical Anthropology.

    The second part is Cultural Anthropology.

    I am very fortunate that my college uses this book for both courses: Physical and Cultural anthropology. You may get lucky too. Ask your professor if this book is used in more than one course before you sell it back.

    There is (or should be in the new books) a CD that is included. This is a fantastic visual media that supplements the book nicely. Here is a hint however, go to the book's/author's website before purchasing this text new.

    On another note, the book is so well written and is so up-to-date that I will be keeping it and referring back to it for many years to come.

    The author recounts his own experiences throughout this text and is a well known and respected anthropologist. It may be worth your time to do a search for articles he has written by logging into anthrosource.com.

  • I purchased this book for my son, he was in college and needed to read it for a class. The information the book gave was very interesting and helpful. This book was helpful to him for his class, but I too also enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to everyone, for college, or just for informational fun.

  • Great condition! Exactly what was needed!

  • The book is great & it came with a cd and access code and you can't beat it for the price. I was fortunate that my teacher let me use this book over the newer addition, so the price was right. The seller was prompt in delivering and would purchase from again.

  • was a good read, cover to cover

  • I think this book is amazing with the amount of information it contains. It was a necessity now it is a joy.

  • Purchased this book used. For $8.00 it was a great deal. Contains all the terms and definitions discussed in my Intro to Anthropology class. Lots of great side bar dialogue from students and professionals in cultural and forensic anthro field...

  • I really wanted to love this book. And at first I did. But the more I read in it, the more aware I was of its Marxist orientation, which spoiled it for me. The formal study of anthropology was new to me and I was excited by the subject. I did find it edifying when it stuck to facts, rather than political interpretation. I learned a great deal. But Kottak is forever banging that old Marxist drum that I found very irritating and interruptive. He doesn't want anyone to be labeled, but yet he can sure throw around labels like "racist" and "sexist." At one point he calls Japan a racist nation. (I think the Japanese could sue and win over that one.) This is a shame because Kottak does know his subject and writes well. The book is gorgeously illustrated with well-chosen photographs and the accompanying CD is helpful. But I really do not like textbooks that have a blatant political agenda. The little reading I have done on this subject makes me believe that you may have to look abroad to find a non-propagandistic introductory anthropology textbook. There is an American anthropological association that has a lot of official dogma. I doubt that heretics can be heard. For all I know, it may be worse in Europe, but I do think it's something to look out for when choosing a textbook. It would be a lot more stimulating and creative for students if they were allowed to form their own hypotheses about why things are the way they are, rather than be preached to that it's one way or another.