Cultural Anthropology

A Global Perspective

Author: Raymond Scupin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ethnology

Page: 458

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Drawing on both classic and recent research in the field, this introduction to anthropology integrates an historical and global approach with the ethnographic data available from around the world. It reflects the understanding of social and cultural changes based on the relationships among different types of societies. It aims to demonstrate the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, but also shows how humans everywhere are fundamentally similar.
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Cultural Change from a Business Anthropology Perspective

Author: Maryann McCabe,Elizabeth K. Briody

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498544525

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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Using a set of case studies conducted in the United States, China, India, Nigeria, and Cambodia, Maryann McCabe and Elizabeth K. Briody examine cultural change in everyday life, or more specifically, the process of human perception and action in the instigation of change.
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Anthropology and Archaeology

A Changing Relationship

Author: Chris Gosden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134716206

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Anthropolgy and Archaeology provides a valuable and much-needed introduction to the theories and methods of these two inter-related subjects. This volume covers the historical relationship and contemporary interests of archaeology and anthropology. It takes a broad historical approach, setting the early history of the disciplines with the colonial period during which the Europeans encountered and attempted to make sense of many other peoples. It shows how the subjects are linked through their interest in kinship, economics and symbolism, and discusses what each contribute to debates about gender, material culture and globalism in the post-colonial world.
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Anthropology

A Global Perspective

Author: Raymond Scupin,Christopher R. DeCorse

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 710

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This popular introduction to anthropology integrates a historical, biological, archeological, and global approach with ethnographic data available from around the world. Drawing on both classic and recent research in the field, it reflects the current state-of-the-art understanding of social and cultural changes based on the relationships among different types of societies. It demonstrates the diversity of different societies and cultural patterns, but also shows how humans everywhere are fundamentally similar.KEY TOPICS An eight-part format covers basic concepts, physical anthropology, archeology, culture and society, prestate societies, state societies, consequences of globalization, and the global future. For individuals interested in social culture and change.
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Anthropological Perspectives on Technology

Author: Michael B. Schiffer

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826323699

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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These fourteen original essays accept a dual premise: technology pervades and is embedded in all human activities. By taking that approach, studies of technology address two questions central in anthropological and archaeological research today-accounting for variability and change. These diverse yet interrelated chapters show that to understand human lives, researchers must deal with the material world that all peoples create and inhabit. Therefore an anthropology of technology is not a separate, discrete inquiry; instead, it is a way to connect how people make and use things to any activity studied, ranging from religion, to enculturation, to communication, to art. Each contributor discusses theories and methods and also offers a substantial case study. These detailed inquiries span human societies from the Paleolithic to the computer age. By moving beyond the usual approach of examining ancient technologies, particularly chipped stone and low-fired ceramics, this volume probes for the construction of meaning in the material world across millennia. The authors of these essays find technology to be an inclusive and flexible topic that merges with studies of everything else in human activity. "A provocative and powerful discussion of the role of technology in human cultures. At a time when archaeology has become less focused on theory, and archaeology and social anthropology seem to fracture farther and farther apart, the book is a breath of fresh air."--Professor John Douglas, University of Montana
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Archaeology and Anthropology

Past, Present and Future

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0857854194

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Though archaeologists have long acknowledged the work of social anthropologists, anthropologists have been much less eager to repay the compliment. This volume argues that the time has come to recognise the insights archaeological approaches can bring to anthropology. Archaeology's rigorous approach to evidence and material culture; its ability to develop flexible research methodologies; its readiness to work with large-scale models of comparative social change, and to embrace the latest technology all means that it can offer valuable methods that can enrich and enhance current anthropological thinking. Cross-disciplinary and international in scope, this exciting volume draws together cutting-edge essays on the relationship between the two disciplines, arguing for greater collaboration and pointing to new concepts and approaches for anthropology. With contributions from leading scholars, this book will be essential reading for students and scholars of archaeology, anthropology and related disciplines.
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Time and Change

Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on the Long-term in Hunter-gatherer Societies

Author: Dimitra Papagianni,Robert Layton,Herbert D. G. Maschner

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 158

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This volume explores long-term behavioral patterns and processes of change in hunter-gatherer societies from the Lower Palaeolithic to the present. In doing so, this volume questions the disciplinary distinctions between fine and coarse-grain understandings of hunter-gatherer societies in anthropology and archaeology and challenges the perception that these distinctions are inherent to the two disciplines. The volume brings together studies that specifically address long-term behavioral patterns in hunter-gatherer societies past and present. Some of the contributors also combine historical/archival data and archaeological evidence with anthropological work on contemporary hunter-gatherers. All the papers are based on case-studies that, taken together, cover a wide geographical and chronological range. They represent current research dynamics in anthropology and archaeology across the globe (North and South America, Europe and Australia), and a variety of theoretical perspectives. The papers range chronologically from the Lower Palaeolithic to the present, and encompass groups at various levels of complexity of social organisation and degrees of sedentism, interaction with farmers and 'pristine-ness'.
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Climate Change and Human Responses

A Zooarchaeological Perspective

Author: Gregory Monks

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9402411062

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This book contributes to the current discussion on climate change by presenting selected studies on the ways in which past human groups responded to climatic and environmental change. In particular, the chapters show how these responses are seen in the animal remains that people left behind in their occupation sites. Many of these bones represent food remains, so the environments in which these animals lived can be identified and human use of those environments can be understood. In the case of climatic change resulting in environmental change, these animal remains can indicate that a change has occurred, in climate, environment and human adaptation, and can also indicate the specific details of those changes.
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The Anthropology of Climate Change

An Integrated Critical Perspective

Author: Hans Baer,Merrill Singer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317817672

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

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In addressing the urgent questions raised by climate change, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the anthropology of climate change guided by a critical political ecological framework. It argues that anthropologists must significantly expand their focus on climate change and their contributions to responding to climate change as a grave risk to humanity. The book presents a human socioecological framework for conceptualizing climate change. It examines the emergence and slow maturation of the anthropology of climate change; reviews the historic foundations for this work in the archaeology of climate change; and presents three alternative contemporary theoretical perspectives in the anthropology of climate change. The book synthesizes anthropological work and perspectives on climate change in the form of case studies in various regions of the world revealing the nature of global climate change as constituting multiple and somewhat diverse changes in local settings. It explores the applied anthropology of climate change in terms of the ways anthropologists are contributing to climate policy, working with communities on climate change issues, as well as within the climate movement both internationally and nationally. Finally it provides an overview of what other the social sciences are saying about climate change and explores ways that the anthropology of climate change can interface with sociology, political science, and human geography in order to create an integrated social science of climate change. This book gives researchers and students in Environmental Anthropology, Climate Change, Human Geography, and Sociology, a novel framework for understanding climate change that emphasizes human socioecological interactions.
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Children and Anthropology

Perspectives for the 21st Century

Author: Helen B. Schwartzman

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: 9780897896863

Category: Social Science

Page: 211

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This study explores children through the eyes of an eclectic team of researchers from the United States to Viet Nam to Australia. Seen as an important contribution to research on children because it integrates the subfields of anthropology (including archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural and linguistic anthropology, and applied anthropology) to bear on an analysis of the conditions of children and youth in the 21st century.
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