Intro to Anthro 2021

This is the homepage for Introduction to Anthropology 2021. We use the 5th edition of Anthropology: What Does it Mean to Be Human? by Robert Lavenda and Emily Schultz. In the words of Haitian anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot, this course attempts to “show an underlying faith in the richness and variability of humankind” (Global Transformations 2003, 139). For recorded lectures, see the YouTube Playlist.

Part 1: Evolving

1. Anthropology explores what it means to be human

  • Chapter 1, “What is anthropology?” (3-22)

2. Evolution & Myths

  • Module 1, “Anthropology, Science, and Storytelling” (23-31)

3. Evolution is Life in Process

  • Chapter 2, “Why is evolution important to anthropologists?” (33-61)

4. Primate Flexibility

  • Chapter 3, “What can the study of primates tell us?” (63-83)
  • Barbara Smuts, “What are Friends For?” Natural History (1987)

5. Learning to Move

  • Chapter 4 (part 1 of 2), “What can the fossil record tell us?” (97-119)

6.

  • Chapter 4 (part 2 of 2), “Fossil record” (119-143, but skip box on 135-137)

Part 2: History & Culture

7.

  • Chapter 5, “How does the evolutionary study of human variation undermine notions of biological race?” (145-169)

8.

  • Chapter 6 (part 1 of 2), “How do we know about the human past?” (171-180)
  • Module 2, “Dating Methods in Paleoanthropology & Archaeology” (84-95)

9.

  • Chapter 6 (part 2 of 2), “How do we know about the human past?” (180-201)
  • “Women’s Art in the Upper Paleolithic” (in chapter 4, 135-137)
  • April Nowell and Melanie Chang, “Science, the Media, and Interpretations of Upper Paleolithic Figurines.” American Anthropologist (2014)

10.

  • Chapter 7 (part 1 of 2), “Why did humans settle down?” (203-224)
  • Jared Diamond, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race.” Discover (1987).

11.

  • Chapter 7 (part 2 of 2), “Why did humans build cities and establish states?” (224-239)
  • Michael Wilcox, “Marketing conquest and the vanishing Indian: An Indigenous response to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.” Journal of Social Archaeology (2010)

12.

  • Chapter 8, “Why is the concept of culture important?” (241-259)
  • Meredith Small, “Our Babies, Ourselves.” Natural History (1997)

13.

  • Module 3, “On Ethnographic Methods” (260-275)
  • Laura Bohannan, “Shakespeare in the Bush.” Natural History (1966)

14.

  • Chapter 9, “Why is understanding human language important?” (277-301)
  • Module 4, “Components of Language” (302-305)

15.

  • Chapter 10, “How do we make meaning?” (307-341)

Part 3: Humankind Today

16.

  • Chapter 11,“Why do anthropologists study economic relations?” (343-367)
  • Richard Borshay Lee, “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari.” Natural History (1969)

17.

  • Chapter 12,“How do anthropologists study political relations?” (369-399)

18.

  • Chapter 13, “What about sex, gender, and sexuality?” (401-427)
  • Alexandra Kralick, “What Our Skeletons Say About the Sex Binary.” Sapiens (2018)

19.

  • Chapter 14 (part 1 of 2), “Where do our relatives come from?” (429-449)

20.

  • Chapter 14 (part 2 of 2), “Why do our relatives matter?” (449-475)

21.

  • Chapter 15, (part 1 of 2), “What about social inequality?” (477-495)

22.

  • Chapter 15, (part 2 of 2), “What about human rights?” (495-509)

23.

  • Chapter 16, (part 1 of 2), “What is medical anthropology?” (511-529)

24.

  • Chapter 16, (part 2 of 2), “What is development anthropology?” (529-544)

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