Introduction to Anthropology 2016

This was the homepage for Introduction to Anthropology 2016. There were two required books:

I also reflected on teaching Jason De Leon when we read a Land of Open Graves excerpt for Cultural Anthropology 2019.

My most current version of this course is Intro to Anthro 2021 with a YouTube lecture playlist and using the fifth edition of Anthropology: What does it mean to be human?

Part 1: Human Nature, Race, Evolution

1. Horace Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema.”

2. L&S, chapter 1, “What is Anthropology?” (3-20) and Laura Bohannan, “Shakespeare in the Bush.”

3. L&S module 1, “Anthropology, Science, and Storytelling” (21-29).
L&S chapter 2, “Why is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?” (31-58).
Barbara J. King, “There’s No Controversy: Let’s Stop Failing Our Children On Evolution.”

4. L&S, chapter 3, “What about Human Variation?” (59-84).
Alan Goodman, “Three Questions about Race, Human Biological Variation and Racism” in Anthropology News (2005).

5. L&S chapter 4, “What Can the Study of Primates Tell Us?” (97-118).
Barbara Smuts, “What are Friends For?” in Natural History (1987).

6. L&S chapter 5 (part 1 of 2), “What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us?” (119-132)
“The Latest on Homo naledi” by John Hawks in American Scientist (2016)

7. L&S chapter 5 (part 2 of 2), “What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us?” (133-161)
“Homo naledi shows how biological anthropology is not biology, and can’t be, and shouldn’t be” by Jonathan Marks on Anthropomics (2016)

8. L&S module 2, “Dating Methods in Paleoanthropology & Archaeology” (85-95)

Part 2: Domestication, Agriculture, Culture

9. L&S chapter 6, “How Do We Know about the Human Past?” (163-192).
“New Women of the Ice Age” by Heather Pringle in Discover (1998).
“North Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Spark Historic Declaration” by Nicola Jones in Sapiens (2016).

10. L&S ch. 7 (pt 1 of 2), “Why Did Humans Settle Down?” (193-212).
“The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” by Jared Diamond in Discover (1999).

11. L&S chapter 7 (part 2 of 2), “Why Did Humans Build Cities, Establish States?” (213-228).
“How do neighborhoods form?” by Michael E. Smith on Wide Urban World (2016).
“The Autonomous Village in Anthropological Theory” by Matthew T. Bradley in The Human Family (2014).

12. L&S ch. 8 (part 1 of 2), “How Does the Concept of Culture Help Us?” (229-236).
“Our Babies, Ourselves” by Meredith Small in Natural History (1997)

13. L&S chapter 8 (part 2 of 2), “How Does the Idea of Cultural Relativism Help Us?” (237-246)
“The campaign against Female Genital Cutting: empowering women or reinforcing global inequity?” by Susie Latham in Ethics and Social Welfare (2016)

14. L&S module 3, “On Ethnographic Methods” (247-259)
“Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamö” by Napoleon Chagnon. Originally in Yanomamö: The Fierce People (4th edition, 1992)

15. L&S chapter 9, “Why Is Understanding Human Language Important?” (261-284)
“Immigration and Language Diversity in the United States” by Rubén G. Rumbaut and Douglas S. Massey in Daedalus (2013)
“How Language Shapes Thought” by Lera Boroditsky in Scientific American (2011)

16. L&S chapter 10, “How Do We Make Meaning?” (289-322)
“Envisioning a Pragmatic Approach to the Archaeology of Religion” by Mark Aldenderfer in Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association (2012)

17. L&S module 4, “Components of Language” (285-288)

Part 3: Anthropology 2016 & Jason De León

18. L&S chapter 11, “Why Do Anthropologists Study Economic Relations?” (323-348)
De León, Introduction (1-20)

19. L&S chapter 12, “How Do Anthropologists Study Political Relations?” (349-372)
De León, “Prevention through Deterrence” (21-37)

20. L&S chapter 13, “Where Do Our Relatives Come From?” (373-414)
De León, “Dangerous Ground” & “Necroviolence” (38-86)

21. L&S chapter 14, “What Can Anthropology Tell Us about Social Inequality?” (415-446)
De León, “Memo and Lucho” (87-106)

22. L&S module 5, “Background to the Global Political Economy” (475-478)
De León, “Deported” & “Technological Warfare” (107-166)

23. L&S ch. 15, “How is Anthropology Applied in the Field of Medicine?” (447-74)
De León, “The Crossing” (167-202)

24. L&S 16 (1of2) “What Can Anthropology Tell Us about Globalization?” (479-93)
De León, “Exposure” & “You Can’t Leave Them Behind” (203-237)

25. L&S chapter 16, (part 2of2) “What about Globalization?” (494-509)
De León, “Maricela” & “We Will Wait Until You Get Here” (265-279)

26. De León, “Epilogue” (280-287)


My most current version of this course is Intro to Anthro 2021 with a YouTube lecture playlist and using the fifth edition of Anthropology: What does it mean to be human?


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