Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture, Second Edition

Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture, Second Edition


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Through the Lens of Anthropology is a concise introduction to anthropology that uses the twin themes of food and sustainability to illustrate the connected nature of the discipline’s many subfields. Beautifully illustrated throughout, with over 150 full-color images, figures, feature boxes, and maps, this is an anthropology book with a fresh perspective, a lively narrative, and plenty of popular topics. The new edition enhances the food and sustainability focus and builds a stronger narrative voice with extended examples and case studies. An entirely new section on decolonization, more Indigenous content, and updated material on biological anthropology make the second edition even more relevant for those interested in learning more about the discipline of anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487587802
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/09/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University.

Laura Tubelle de González is a professor of anthropology at San Diego Miramar College in Southern California.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Viewing the World through the Lens of Anthropology
2. Evolutionary Thought and Theory
3. We Are Primates: The Primate Background
4. Human Biological Evolution
5. Human Cultural Evolution from 2.5 Million to 20,000 Years Ago
6. Cultural Evolution from 20,000 to 5,000 Years Ago
7. Archaeology of the Last 5,000 Years
8. Studying Culture
9. Language
10. Food and Resources
11. Marriage, Family, and Gender
12. Politics
13. Supernaturalism
14. Sustainability

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Erin Halstad McGuire

"Through the Lens of Anthropology is an innovative and exciting book— not something I say lightly about a textbook. The examples are effective and current, the text is engaging, and the themes of food and sustainability provide enough flexibility to allow me to match the text to my own teaching goals. The second edition is even more impressive with a stronger focus on decolonization and Indigenous peoples integrated throughout. I look forward to using it in my own courses."

Barbara J. King

"Through crystal-clear summary of the latest scholarship and the occasional burst of humor, professors Muckle and Gonzalez provide a stellar holistic view of all anthropological subfields in this introductory textbook. Comprehensive coverage is twinned beautifully with a sharp focus on issues of food and sustainability, which provides a unifying theme throughout. Students—as well as their teachers—will be energized by discussions of everything from decolonization to the accurate use of gender pronouns. My love of anthropology makes me yearn for a text that conveys both its excitement and its importance, and Through the Lens of Anthropology achieves this beautifully."

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