Anthropology

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Language, Culture, and Society: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

James Stanlaw, Nobuko Adachi, and Zdenek Salzmann

Seventh Edition • July 25, 2017 • 464 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$67.50 CAD • Ebook: $35.99 USD/$45.99 CAD

This introduction to linguistic anthropology includes basic concepts and methods, cognition, sociolinguistics, coverage of gender, race, and class, and an examination of communication in the digital age.

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Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective

Ann McElroy, Patricia K. Townsend

Sixth Edition • November 18, 2014 • 386 pages

Print: $52.00 USD/$67.50 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$33.99 CAD

Global environmental change and recent worldwide infectious-disease outbreaks make the ecological perspective of medical anthropology more important a field of study than ever. In this premier teaching text, authors Ann McElroy and Patricia K. Townsend integrate biocultural, environmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of human health, providing a complete…

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Human Nature and the Evolution of Society

Stephen K. Sanderson

First Edition • February 4, 2014 • 464 pages

Print: $64.00 USD/$56.50 CAD • Ebook: $39.99 USD/$45.99 CAD

If evolution has changed humans physically, has it also affected human behavior? Drawing on evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, and human behavioral ecology, Human Nature and the Evolution of Society explores the evolutionary dynamics underlying social life. In this introduction to human behavior and the organization of social life, Stephen K. Sanderson…

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Kinship and Gender: An Introduction

Linda Stone

Fifth Edition • July 30, 2013 • 352 pages

Print: $40.00 USD/$51.99 CAD • Ebook: $25.99 USD/$25.99 CAD

Does kinship still matter in today’s globalized, increasingly mobile world? Do family structures continue to influence the varied roles that men and women play in different cultures? Answering with a resounding “yes!”, Linda Stone offers a lively introduction to and working knowledge of kinship. She firmly links these concepts to…

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Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview

Audrey Smedley, Brian D. Smedley

Fourth Edition • July 1, 2011 • 400 pages

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In a sweeping work that traces the idea of race for more than three centuries, Audrey Smedley shows that “race” is a cultural invention that has been used variously and opportunistically since the eighteenth century. Race, in its origin, was not a product of science but of a folk ideology…

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Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution, Expanded Edition

Donna L. Hart; Robert W. Sussman

First Edition • July 1, 2008 • 376 pages

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Man the Hunted argues that primates, including the earliest members of the human family, have evolved as the prey of any number of predators, including wild cats and dogs, hyenas, snakes, crocodiles, and even birds. The authors’ studies of predators on monkeys and apes are supplemented here with the observations…

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Human Adaptability: An Introduction to Ecological Anthropology

Emilio F. Moran

Third Edition • December 25, 2007 • 496 pages

Print: $49.00 USD/$62.50 CAD • Ebook: $33.99 USD/$39.99 CAD

Student Economy Edition available. Designed to help students understand the multiple levels at which human populations respond to their surroundings, this essential text offers the most complete discussion of environmental, physiological, behavioral, and cultural adaptive strategies available. Among the unique features that make Human Adaptability outstanding as both a textbook…

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God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution

John F. Haught

Second Edition • July 1, 2007 • 256 pages

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In God After Darwin, eminent theologian John F. Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: Both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing…

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Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology

Richard R Wilk; Lisa Cliggett

Second Edition • January 2, 2007 • 248 pages

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This synthesis of modern economic anthropology goes to the heart of a thriving subdiscipline and identifies the fundamental practical and theoretical problems that give economic anthropology its unique strengths and vision. More than any other anthropological subdiscipline, economic anthropology constantly questions and debates the practical motives of people as they…

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Muslim Youth: Tensions And Transitions In Tajikistan

Colette Harris

First Edition • January 3, 2006 • 208 pages

Print: $37.00 USD/$59.99 CAD • Ebook: $22.99 USD/$26.99 CAD

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the peoples of Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) have been exposed to new, Western influences that stress individualism at the expense Central Asian traditions of family and communalism. Young men in particular are exposed to new ideas and lifestyles as…

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