Kottak: Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to General Anthropology, 8th edition

Written by a prominent scholar in the field, Conrad Phillip Kottak, this concise, student-friendly, current introduction to general anthropology carefully balances coverage of core topics and contemporary changes in the field. New to this edition, Connect® Anthropology offers a variety of learning tools and activities to make learning more engaging for students and teaching more efficient for instructors. Window on Humanity is a perfect match for general anthropology courses that use readings or ethnographies along with a main text.

ISBNS: 1259818438 / 9781259818431
Publication Date: 9/12/17


Integrated Coverage of the Impact of Technology and Social Media: Systematic attention is given to the key role of the Internet and social media in today’s globalizing world with new sections like “Resistance via Social Media” when discussing political systems.

Updated charts, tables, and statistics throughout the text represent the most recent findings in the field of anthropology, including the author's own findings from his fieldwork in Madagascar.

This concise and affordable program covers the essentials of the field in short, accessible space, allowing professors to incorporate ethnographies in the context of the course.

Includes two important chapters not consistently found in other anthropology offerings: "Ethnicity and Race" and "Gender." These and other chapters explore the nature, role, and preservation of human diversity in the face of conquest and globalization.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: What Is Anthropology?
CHAPTER 2: Culture
CHAPTER 3: Doing Anthropology
CHAPTER 4: Evolution, Genetics, and Human Variation
CHAPTER 5: The Primates
CHAPTER 6: Early Hominins
CHAPTER 7: The Genus Homo
CHAPTER 8: The First Farmers
CHAPTER 9: The First Cities and States
CHAPTER 10: Language and Communication

CHAPTER 11: Making a Living
CHAPTER 12: Political Systems
CHAPTER 13: Families, Kinship, and Marriage
CHAPTER 14: Gender
CHAPTER 15: Religion
CHAPTER 16: Ethnicity and Race
CHAPTER 17: Applying Anthropology
CHAPTER 18: The World System and Colonialism
CHAPTER 19: Anthropology's Role in a Globalizing World

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