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Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Anthropology
Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Anthropology

Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Anthropology, 10th Edition

ISBN10: 1260727033 | ISBN13: 9781260727036
By Conrad Kottak
© 2023

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Window on Humanity is a brief introduction to general anthropology. It covers the four subfields – biological anthropology, anthropological archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology – as well as anthropology’s two dimensions – academic and applied anthropology.  Its shorter length increases instructor's options for assigning additional reading—case studies, readers, and other supplements within a one semester course. Window on Humanity can also work well in a quarter system, for which traditional texts may be too long. While presenting core concepts and topics, Window also aims to demonstrate anthropology’s relevance to the 21st-century world we inhabit. The text aims to instill an appreciation of human diversity, of anthropology as a field, and of how an anthropological approach can build on, and help make sense of, the experience that students bring to the classroom. 

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, Colonialism, and Inequality    
Chapter 19 – Anthropology’s Role in a Globalizing World    


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Conrad Kottak

Conrad Phillip Kottak (A.B. Columbia, 1963; Ph.D. Columbia, 1966) is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1968.  In 1991 he was honored for his teaching by the University and the state of Michigan.  In 1992 he received an excellence in teaching award from the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts of the University of Michigan.  Professor Kottak has done fieldwork in cultural anthropology in Brazil (since 1962), Madagascar (since 1966), and the United States. In current research projects, Kottak and his colleagues have investigated the emergence of ecological awareness in Brazil, the social context of deforestation in Madagascar, and popular participation in economic development planning in northeastern Brazil.


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