Introduction to Anthropology
These pages were the original launch for the blog and website. Please also see:
- My current course Introduction to Anthropology 2016.
- Introduction to Anthropology 2015.
- Introduction to Anthropology 2014 for a course that concentrated on “Entangling the Biological.”
- The 2013 Introduction to Anthropology course.
Anthropology studies human life, at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. An introduction to anthropology encompasses human biology and evolution, archaeology, culture, and language. See also What is Anthropology.
The Introduction to Anthropology sections of Living Anthropologically use anthropological studies to comment on contemporary issues and ideas. The chapters cross-reference current blog posts and other resources. They are best used as a complement to traditional four-field introduction to anthropology textbooks. My preferred four-field textbook is Anthropology: What Does It Mean to be Human?
Explores biological anthropology, emphasizing biology and evolution as dynamic processes and anthropological documentation of human possibility. These sections are also available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook, Anthropology I: Human Nature, Race, Evolution in Biological Anthropology.
Archaeology, emphasizing how to understand the domestication of plants and animals, agriculture, and ideas of social complexity and civilization.
Explores the anthropological idea of culture and how it turned to plural cultures. We must bid “Adieu Culture” (Trouillot, Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World).
For a preview see Ruth Benedict, Franz Boas, and the Anthropological Concept of Culture. And see also my current Cultural Anthropology 2016 course.
Part 4: Sex, Gender, Family
For a preview see Anthropology on Sex, Gender, Sexuality – as Social Constructions
Part 5: Moral Optimism
For a preview see:
- Anthropology: Worst Major for Corporate Tool, Best Major to Change Your Life
- Anthropology and Moral Optimism (with free PowerPoint)
- Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism: A Four-Field Manifesto. This post became a founding document for Living Anthropologically.